Tentative Pact Reached on SoCal Labor Strife

LOS ANGELES - Workers and management reportedly reached a tentative contract agreement late yesterday that should ward off a supermarket strike in Southern California, ending months of tense negotiations.

According to a Reuters report, Mike Shimpock, a representative for the seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers involved in the talks, the tentative pact "includes fair wage increases and significantly improves health care benefits." He said members had yet to see and vote on the agreement.

A spokeswoman acting for the three grocers confirmed that a tentative deal had been reached and said further details would not be disclosed before ratification, Reuters reported.

Workers should vote on the deal on Sunday, Shimpock said.
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