SEATTLE (AP) -- Spokesmen for both sides in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers to the brink of a strike say a tentative agreement has been reached, that prevents a threatened walkout at four major grocery chains.
Union spokesman Tom Geiger and Allied Employers spokesman Scott Powers announced the agreement by email shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday. Union workers had been set to walk out at 7 p.m. Monday if no agreement was reached.
Union leaders for about 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers have announced that at 5 this evening, the member bargaining team from UFCW 21 & 367 and Teamsters 38 reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains in contract negotiations. This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team.
The ufcw 367 facebook page said full 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.
The stores include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration.
The last area grocery strike was in 1989 and lasted nearly three months.