Grocery store workers reach tentative deal, strike may be averted

Posted at 5:10 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 10:02:02-04
LOS ANGELES -- The union representing thousands of grocery store workers in Southern California has reached a tentative deal with supermarket chains that would avert a strike scheduled to begin next week, union officials announced Thursday.
"We have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with Albertsons/Vons and Ralphs, pending our members ratification on Monday on August 8," United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 posted on its website today. "We want to thank all of our community partners who came forward day in and day out to support our workers. This deal could not have happened without the strength and solidarity of our dedicated members."
The union's rank-and-file members will vote to accept or reject the deal on Monday, with voting going on from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at several local offices around Southern California.
The workers voted to authorize a strike in June if a new deal wasn't reached by Monday.
The Local's statement added that separate negotiations with pharmacy workers are still ongoing.
"We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the unions that rewards our associates and allows all of us to continue to provide excellent shopping experiences for Ralphs customers," Kendra Doyel, vice president of public relations for Ralphs, told City News Service.