UFCWU Grocer Agreement Goes to a Vote
The union representing thousands of grocery store employees in Sacramento and throughout northern California, says it reached a new contract agreement with three majors chains just before a strike deadline.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Jack Loveall, the President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 588, says the agreement was reached with negotiators of Albertson’s, Safeway and Ralph’s late Sunday night as a union imposed deadline was approaching. Details of the agreement were not revealed, but Loveall did say that the new contract does not include two-tier wage and benefit provisions, which reportedly had been the sticking point in the five-month long talks. The grocers were seeking concessions, saying they needed them to stay competitive with operations like Wal-Mart. In a prepared audio message, Loveall says the pact will be sent to the 19-thousand union members. LOVEALL :10—Details of the tentative agreement will be mailed to all affected members in the very near future. Following a review of the settlement the members will cast their vote by mail referendum. The settlement averts a strike, which the union was threatening if an agreement wasn’t reached by the midnight deadline. Bob Hensley KXJZ news.