(LOS ANGELES) – The Teamsters Union announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement with grocery companies Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons that if passed, will cover more than 8,000 members across Southern California. The drivers, warehouse, dairy and manufacturing workers at the three companies will vote on the tentative agreement from Oct. 16-18.
The union and company reached a tentative agreement following three months of negotiations, avoiding a possible strike. The union overwhelmingly voted for strike authorization two weeks ago after the contract expired on Sept. 19.
“It was a challenging negotiation process, but we were able to hash out an agreement that will help raise work standards and compensation for all of our members at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons,” said Rick Middleton, Teamsters Western Region International Vice President and chief negotiator. “We will review the details of the agreement with our members and recommend they vote for passage.”
“On behalf of the L.A. Labor Movement, we stand with all workers impacted by the contract between Teamsters and the three grocery companies. We hope for an agreement that includes better wages, hours, and working conditions,” said Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
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