Union reaches tentative pact with Raley’s rival
November 9, 2012
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The union on strike over contract talks with a major Northern California supermarket chain has agreed to new terms with a rival grocer.
Pleasanton-based Safeway announced on Thursday that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers – the same union on strike against West Sacramento-based Raley’s. The deal still requires approval by the union’s local units.
Raley’s and Safeway compete for business in the Sacramento region.
Labor experts tell the Sacramento Bee (http://sacb.ee/Uq86S7) the Safeway deal will put pressure on Raley’s to also reach a deal with the United Food and Commercial Workers. The union went on strike against Raley’s on Sunday after last-ditch contract talks failed.
But in a statement, Raley’s disputed that the Safeway deal will have any impact on its labor dispute.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com