Grocers, Union Reach Deal on Contract, Health Benefits
On Monday, officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers union announced that they have reached a tentative deal with three Southern California supermarket chains -- Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons -- on a new labor contract, ending seven months of negotiations and averting a potential strike. Details of the tentative deal will not be released until the contract has been ratified. However, a statement from the three grocery store chains said the agreement would "preserve good wages, secure pensions and access to quality, affordable health care -- while allowing us to be competitive in the marketplace."
- "Grocery Strike Avoided; Deal Called 'Win-Win' for Both Sides" (Huffstutter, "Money & Company," Los Angeles Times, 9/19).
- "LABOR: Groceries, UFCW Reach Tentative Deal" (Katzanek/Begley, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 9/19).