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Some 47,000 grocery store employees will not go on strike after two large Southern California supermarket operators reached a tentative deal with labor unions on Sunday.
The Ralphs division of Kroger Co. and Albertsons, which owns Vons and Pavilions, reached the agreement to avoid a strike that would affect as many as 500 stores.
Terms - Agreement - Workers - Monday - Results
Terms of the agreement have been withheld until the workers can review and vote on Monday, with the results to be announced on Thursday, according to UFCW union officials who represent about 60,000 grocery workers in Southern California.
'We believe this agreement is a step forward towards our vision of what grocery jobs should be in the future,' John Grant, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, told the Los Angeles Times.
'Consumers - Community - Leaders - Value - Impact
'Consumers and community leaders stood with us to show our value and the impact we have in our stores and communities. We have many to thank for their support.'
Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions have a combined 342 stores and 29,000 unionized employees in the region.
Ralphs - Stores - Employees - Area
Ralphs has 190 stores and 18,000 employees in the area.
Ralphs spokesman John Votava said, 'We are pleased to have worked with the union to secure increased wages, continued premium health care coverage, and pension. Our associates are the heart of our company and this agreement is a reflection of their contributions.
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