Union grocery workers agree to new contract

December 7, 2010

By Staff

Union grocery store employees approved a new contract last week after lengthy bargaining between the union and management.

The union, Teamsters Local 38, represents 2,600 workers at Albertsons, QFC and Safeway across the region.

QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.

“Our members sent a clear message to their employers in November when they stood with each other in solidarity and voted by 90 percent to authorize a strike,” Steven Chandler, Local 38 secretary-treasurer, said in a statement. “Their message was heard, the employers took them seriously and I believe the 97 employers’ ratification vote today again shows the strength of unity of our members.”

Union workers at major grocery chains in Issaquah and the Puget Sound region voted Nov. 8 to authorize a strike, but no walkout occurred during the Thanksgiving shopping rush.

The union and Allied Employers, the labor relations firm representing the grocery chains, reached a stalemate in October after months of negotiations about pay, health benefits and pensions.

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