Grocers Reach Labor Agreement

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 20, 2004
The negotiation deadline of midnight Sunday was closing in when the deal was struck. The union was prepared to recommend a strike. Last year a lockout in Southern California went on for 20 weeks and cost Safeway and other grocers millions of dollars in lost sales. This agreement was hammered out between Raley’s and the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 588, based in Roseville. Employees still will not pay anything toward their healthcare coverage, and there won’t be a two-tiered system of wages and benefits – both points that were in contention. The agreement covers some 19,000 grocery workers at 300 stores in the Central Valley, also including Albertson’s Safeway and Ralphs