OAKLAND, Calif.--()--Three Unions of the United Food and Commercial Workers reached a tentative contract agreement early today with the Safeway and Vons supermarket chains in Northern and Central California.
“We have achieved our goals of protecting affordable heath care and improving contract conditions for our members. Most of all, we thank our Union members at these chains who stood strong, proud and united throughout the process”
Leaders of UFCW 8-Golden State, UFCW Local 5 and UFCW Local 648, who negotiated under the banner of the UFCW Solidarity Alliance, praised the agreement and said they would quickly submit it to the Unions’ members for review and ratification.
Ordinarily, details of the terms of a tentative agreement are not released prior to the members having an opportunity to vote; however, in this case, it is important to recognize that Safeway agreed to retain and fund the Union’s health benefit plan, the same plan Save Mart agreed to participate in earlier this summer.
The settlement culminates 15 months of bargaining on behalf of some 22,000 workers at 320 Safeway and Vons stores in the region. The three Unions negotiated a contract with the Save Mart and Lucky chains last summer.
Meanwhile, UFCW 8–Golden State and UFCW Local 5 entered the fifth day of a strike against the Raley’s grocery chain and its Nob Hill subsidiary. The strike was launched on Nov. 4 in response to bad-faith bargaining and unfair labor practices by Raley’s management.
The three Union presidents — Jacques Loveall of UFCW 8-Golden State, Ron Lind of UFCW Local 5 and Michael Sharpe of UFCW Local 648 — recognized the UFCW International Union, regional and local labor organizations in Northern and Central California for their support during the lengthy negotiations with Safeway and Vons.
“We have achieved our goals of protecting affordable heath care and improving contract conditions for our members. Most of all, we thank our Union members at these chains who stood strong, proud and united throughout the process,” they said.