UFCW Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement With Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons

UFCW Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement With Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Sept. 19, 2011) — Negotiators representing 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California have reached a tentative contract agreement with representatives of the Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons supermarket chains.

Negotiations began in February to compose a collective bargaining agreement that would replace the workers' previous contract, which expired in March.

The workers will be asked to ratify the agreement, which includes protections of health care and pension benefits throughout the life of the contract.

Specifics on the new deal will be released to the workers preceding ratification votes at meetings of the United Food and Commercial Workers throughout the region.

"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.

"We have attained our most important goal, which was continuing to provide comprehensive health care to the members and their families.

"The grocery workers of Southern California stood together, strong and united, throughout this long and difficult process. They refused to accept anything less than a contract that protects their wages, benefits and working conditions. We are proud of them.

"We are also grateful to Scot Beckenbaugh, the mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and to all of our loyal customers who pledged their support for the workers."


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