Grocery Strike 2013 Seattle: Strike Averted as Tentative Agreement Made
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The looming grocery strike in Seattle appears to have been averted after the grocery worker unions said on Monday afternoon that they have reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains.
“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” the bargaining unit said via Facebook. “Details will not to be released until after union members themselves have had the opportunity to review the tentative agreement and vote on it. The times and locations of those vote meetings will be announced in the coming days after arrangements have been made to schedule the votes.”
According to union members commenting on the post, that means that there is no need to strike.
Chris Daniels of KING-TV said that Allied Employers confirmed the tentative agreement avoiding the strike.
Union leaders for about 21,000 workers at four major grocery store chains in Washington, in the Puget Sound Area, had been threatening to strike at 7 p.m. unless a labor contract agreement was made.
A strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers would affect QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason counties.
Unresolved issues include wages, holiday pay and cuts to health care benefits. The two sides have been in talks for more than six months.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.