Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:31 AM by Associated Press
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.
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