California Grocery Workers’ Union Ratifies Contract

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Some 62,000 employees belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has reached a three-year contract deal on Saturday, which has prevented the possible labor strike among grocery workers in Southern California.

Southern California supermarket workers belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCWU) has reached a three-year contract agreement last week, preventing possible labor strike.

In a statement, the UFCWU said that some 62,000 employees working at Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons have approved a new contract that would allow them to have easier access to affordable comprehensive health care for themselves and their family members.

Also, the agreement would also give workers reasonable salary increases and pension benefits in the span of the life of the deal.

A vote was conducted over the weekend, but the union did not release the results.

Southern California, which has the most competitive food retailing markets in the United States, is seen by many analysts as the “trend-setter” for the entire industry.

The parties included during the latest labor talks were also the ones involved in the 141-day labor strike that spanned 2003 to 2004 – the longest stopped of work in the history of US supermarket and grocery industry.

It has also cost the industry more than $1.5 billion in lost sales, and has permanently affected loyalty of its customers.

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