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The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has reached a tentative agreement with the three major grocery chains in the San Francisco Bay Area – Albertsons, Safeway, and Kroger’s Ralphs. The agreement, if approved by the rank and file, would allow the two sides to avoid the strike/lockout that roiled the Southern California market about a year ago.

Two concessions made in Southern California reportedly were not part of the Bay Area deal. The agreement apparently does not include a two-tiered wage system, nor health premiums partially paid for by employees. However, new employees reportedly will have to go for longer periods of time before getting raises.

Unionized employees in California’s Central Valley approved a similar deal earlier this month. A union vote in the Bay Area is slated to take place in the next three weeks.
KC's View:
So far, best we can tell, it is the Southern California grocery employees who have gotten the worst contract, while most other union contracts since have not been as harsh.

So much for the effectiveness of a strike.