So Cal grocery store workers ratify life-changing contract deal with Stater Bros.
LOS ANGELES — Members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167 and 1428 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract outlined in the tentative agreement made with Stater Bros. the 1st of April. The deal, which includes significant wage increases, stronger health care and protected retirement provisions, was reached after months of negotiation and active participation by tens of thousands of essential California grocers.
The six UFCW locals issued the following statement on the passage of the contract ratification vote:
“Today, by ratifying this contract, Stater Bros workers have won life-changing raises, better health care and protected pensions for the next three years. After more than two years of risking their lives to Serving California communities as essential workers, UFCW members have come together for their families and each other, and won one of the most historic contracts in California labor history.
“This contract is the concrete and direct result of their hard work. The pandemic and its deadly impact on our communities may not be over, but the essential workers who keep Stater Bros. operating stores have proven that a fair deal can be achieved when co-workers support each other. Together, our members are fighting for a brighter and brighter future and this contract will help make that happen.
Key provisions of the agreement include:
- More workers receive benefits sooner
- Guaranteed minimum hours
This contract will be effective immediately for more than 13,000 essential grocery workers at approximately 170 Stater Bros. locations. across central and southern California, with the start of the contract term retroactive to March 7, 2022. Ratification for UFCW Southern California locals on April 4 a tentative agreement with Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions will be finalized the week of April 11.
Supermarket strike averted: UFCW grocery workers reach tentative agreement
LOS ANGELES – A tentative agreement was reached on April 4 by the bargaining committee led by members representing seven United Food and Commercial Workers Union The people of Southern California and the Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs.
The member-led deal in a UFCW press release said it includes significant wage increases, guaranteed hours for part-time workers, stronger health benefits, improved safety in stores and a guaranteed pension.
Once members of the seven UFCW locals covered by the agreement have a chance to review and vote, there will be more details on the contract. Nothing is final until the members decide and vote.