Thousands of unionized Southland grocery workers will cast ballots Monday on a proposed labor contract with the owners of Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons.
After months of negotiations, the grocery chains reached a tentative contract agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 on Thursday. Details of the proposed deal were not released pending a vote of by union members.
“This would not have been possible without the strength and solidarity of all the 50,000 grocery workers throughout Central and Southern California, the cooperation of the seven California UFCW locals and the UFCW International Union,” UFCW 770 President Rick Icaza said. “We also owe deep thanks to the support of consumers and community leaders.”
Union members are expected to cast ballots at various locations around the Southland from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The workers voted to authorize a strike in June if a new deal wasn’t reached by today.
The union noted that separate negotiations with pharmacy workers are still ongoing.
“We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the unions that rewards our associates and allows all of us to continue to provide excellent shopping experiences for Ralphs customers,” Kendra Doyel, vice president of public relations for Ralphs, told City News Service.
—City News Service