LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A tentative agreement between grocery store owners and workers was reached Monday, possibly averting a Southland supermarket strike, according to the employees’ union.
The agreement with Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons will be presented to 62, 000 United Food and Commercial Workers members for ratification later this week.
Negotiations began in February for a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the workers’ previous contract, which expired in March.
Members voted last month to authorize leaders to call a strike after the two sides failed to reach agreement over payments to the union’s health care trust fund.
The tentative agreement came a day after the passage of a Sunday evening deadline that would have permitted union leaders to begin a strike at any time.
“Thanks to the unity of our members, we were successful in bargaining an agreement that grocery workers can be proud of,” the union negotiators said in a statement.
The new contract includes protections of health care and pension benefits.
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