NoCal Grocers, Union Extend Labor Contract

SACRAMENTO -- Three major Sacramento-area grocery chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 8 have agreed to extend their collective bargaining agreement until Dec. 1, 2007, the same as all other UFCW Unions in Northern California.

West Sacramento-based Raley's Inc., Modesto-based Save Mart Supermarkets, and Safeway Inc. of Pleasanton agreed to the extension, according to a statement issued Friday by Roseville-based UFCW 8-Golden State.

The change affects approximately 40,000 workers at 800 locations in Northern California, all part of the UFCW Solidarity alliance.

"Achieving the same expiration date as UFCW Locals 5, 101 and 648 enables our Unions to align the interests of all UFCW members in Northern California to achieve the finest possible contracts," said Jacques Loveall, president of UFCW 8.

The extension past the original expiration date of Oct. 6 also gives UFCW 8 and the employers more time to work through complicated issues that must be resolved before they reach a new agreement.

Loveall also said negotiators agreed that any wage increases in the new agreement will be applied retroactively to Oct. 6. In the meantime, members of UFCW 8 will work under the same terms that have determined their wages, benefits, and working conditions since 2004.

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