Grocery store chains, union reach tentative agreement

The labor union involved in negotiations for the Puget Sound region’s grocery checkers announced Monday at 5 p.m. that they have reached a tentative agreement with the Safeway, Albertson’s, QFC and Fred Meyer grocery store chains, avoiding a strike set for 7 p.m. Monday.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” said an announcement posted on the 2013 Grocery Bargaining UFCW 21 Facebook page. “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.”

The union had said it would go on strike as of 7 p .m. Monday night unless an agreement was reached.

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