Tense Standoff Results in Deal that Protects Wages, Health Care, and Full-Time Jobs
Following a tense standoff and public boycott campaign that brought workers to the brink of a strike, the union representing grocery workers and the corporate owners of Food4Less supermarkets reached a tentative contract agreement.
"Thanks to the support of consumers and our members' resolve, I am pleased to say we have reached a tentative contract deal that protects employees' wages, hours, and health care. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the backing of the public, and for all our members I would like to offer our sincerest thanks," said Rick Icaza, president of the union representing grocery workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. "Our victory will help protect wages and benefits in this industry, for union and non-union workers alike. We are proud to stand with our customers and friends, who supported us in our time of need."
Food4Less workers have been working without a contract for nearly two months, and supporters had begun a public campaign to enlist consumer support and pressure the corporate owner of Food4Less, Ohio-based Kroger, Inc., to reach a fair deal.
Those efforts paid off. Food4Less workers will vote to approve the contract. All UFCW local unions are recommending their members vote in favor of the deal.