Tentative Agreement Reached Between Grocery Workers, Employers


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Management at Fred Meyer in Burien were all ready to hire replacement workers if union members went on strike. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

According to the UFCW 21 Union’s website, after negotiating late Saturday night through Sunday morning, a tentative agreement has been reached between the grocery store workers (UFCW 21, UFCW 81 and Teamsters 38) and Allied Employers, which means that the chance of a pre-Thanksgiving strike has decreased.

Union workers had voted last week – by a 94 percent margin – to reject the grocery chains’ previous offer and to authorize a strike if necessary. We don’t have full details yet, as the workers have not yet publicly announced the outcome of their vote on the offer.

Union workers are employed at the big grocery store chains like Safeway, Albertsons and Thriftway, and a strike at this time of year would have a major impact on the usual shopping season.

As this story develops we’ll post updates, so be sure to check back often.

Here’s the full blurb from the UFCW21 website:

Tentative Agreement Reached
November 20th, 11:35 pm – A tentative agreement has been reached between Allied Employers and UFCW 21, UFCW 81, and Teamsters 38. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the grocery store workers’ vote on the offer has been concluded. Union members will be informed about the dates, times, and locations where they can can vote on the offer as soon as these meetings are scheduled.

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