PLEASANTON -- Safeway has reached a new labor deal with unions that represent the supermarket chain's clerks and other employees, averting the possibility of a strike at the region's largest grocery company.
The tentative agreement covers Safeway's employees in Northern California, including the Bay Area.
"This new agreement provides our employees with among the best wages, benefits and working conditions in the region, while ensuring the company can compete successfully in the future, " said Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway's Northern California Division.
The tentative agreement was the result of many months of negotiations.
The union and the supermarket ironed out deals related to health care, employee compensation and other issues.
The agreement involves Locals 5, 8 and 648 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, or UFCW. Union leaders will recommend that members ratify the tentative pact.
"It's great that there is a deal," said Mike Henneberry, a spokesman for Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. "I understand the agreement has adequate funding for decent medical. So that's a major achievement."
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