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60K SoCal Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Agreement With UFCW

Southern California UFCW agreement

A tentative agreement has been reached between grocery workers in Southern California, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428 and 1442, and Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons. The agreement covers more than 60,000 grocery workers throughout the region.

The agreement this week comes after a final marathon session of seven consecutive days and nights of back-to-back bargaining meetings between representatives of the UFCW locals and the corporations that own Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons, and with the assistance of federal mediators, who joined the talks beginning May 5. Federal mediation has played a part in negotiations for each of the last three contracts, according to UFCW.

Details of the agreement will not be released until the union members have had an opportunity to read, discuss and vote on the agreement; the local unions are setting up meetings to allow the members to vote. When meeting sites are finalized the members will be notified of the dates, times and locations. UFCW will have its members vote to ratify the deal by the end of the month.

A grocery workers contract expired March 2. A contract extension was reached April 10 that secured members’ wages and benefits through May 11. Members currently are in a day-to-day period of their contract extension. Wages and benefits remain uninterrupted in the day-to-day period.

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