Giant and Safeway workers in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 400 and 27 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with their employers, the parties announced March 29.
Giant Food of Landover, Md., says the tentative agreement covers approximately 17,000 of its associates in the Baltimore-Washington area, including Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.; employees in Safeway stores in those same areas also are included.
The workers will vote on whether or not to ratify the contract on Tuesday, April 3; the current contract expires March 31 but will be extended until the vote takes place, according to Local 400.
The local’s president, Tom McNutt, said the agreement increases wages and “strengthens their health and retirement security,” adding that union members will review the details of the contract at the ratification meeting.
Giant Food said in a news release: “If ratified, the agreement guarantees Giant associates will remain among the highest compensated in the industry in the Baltimore-Washington area, while also positioning Giant to effectively compete in a growing marketplace.”