Grocery workers’ union reaches agreement hours before strike

October 22, 2013

By Staff

Just two hours before grocery store workers were set to head to the picket lines, union representatives announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” the union wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Union members must still review and vote on the proposal. Until then, the statement said details of the agreement will not be released.

The workers were opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, deny workers paid sick days and cut pay, including for those who work on holidays.

The union gave the required 72-hour notice of a strike at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. The strike was set to begin Monday evening.

It would have been Western Washington’s first major grocery strike since 1989, sending about 21,000 workers from Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway to the picket line.

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