Tens of thousands of California grocery store workers have approved a new contract with major supermarket chains, avoiding a potential strike, it was announced Thursday.
Most workers will receive pay hikes of $4.25 per hour over three years, the union said, with higher raises for some employees. The contract also includes provisions to establish health and safety committees at every Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions store so that employees will have a say on safety issues, the union said in a statement.
Front-line workers, including at grocery stores, were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After more than two years of risking their lives to serve California’s communities as essential workers, reaching a fair contract with better wage increases, health care improvements, and protected pensions for these hard-working members could not have come at a more important time,” said a statement by seven union locals.