The union that represents nearly 50,000 grocery workers in Southern California has signed a three-year contract with several of the region’s largest supermarket chains.
That agreement, scheduled to be voted on next week by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, avoids a strike that union officials called last week, according to multiple reports.
If approved, the contract will affect workers at 540 stores.
Details of the agreement won’t be released until after the rank-and-file vote, but the contract reportedly provides higher wages and improved benefits, especially for those who worked through the pandemic.
Union negotiators asked for a $5-an-hour raise for its food clerks, which includes cashiers
Nearly all of the union’s membership agreed to strike if they were not given a wage increase.
The agreement, reportedly reached after a non-stop 30-hour negotiating session, will apply to workers at Ralphs, Albertsons, Food 4 Less and Vons-Pavilions, according to reports.