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Thousands of California grocery workers ratify new contract

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Posted at 6:56 AM, Apr 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of California grocery store workers have approved a new contract with major supermarket chains, avoiding a potential strike.

The union on Thursday said members in the central and southern areas of California ratified a tentative deal that was reached last week.

It grants some 47,000 employees at 540 stores higher wages, stronger health benefits and other benefits. Workers had voted to authorize a strike if a new contract wasn't reached.

A strike and lockout in 2003 and 2004 put nearly 70,000 Southern California grocery workers on picket lines for more than four months.