Tens of thousands of grocery store employees across Southern California will stay on the job, following an announcement of a tentative deal between unions and major grocery unions has been reached. Had no deal come to pass by the end of this round of talks, labor leaders had authorized a massive strike.
The United Food and Commercial Workers international Union (UFCW) had been negotiating with the owners of Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions stores since early in the summer. Workers were demanding higher hourly wages, increased benefits, stronger pension programs, and other changes to their current compensation.
While the union announced on Sunday that a tentative deal was reached, specific details of that deal are being withheld until the full union membership has the opportunity to cast their votes affirming the agreement.
“We believe this agreement is a step forward towards our vision of what grocery jobs should be in the future,” John Grant, president of the UFCW Local 770, told the Los Angeles Times. “Consumers and community leaders stood with us to show our value and the impact we have in our stores and communities. We have many to thank for their support.”