6,500 Grocery Workers Vote To End Strike, Go Back To Work
Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services
PORTLAND - Grocery clerks and meatcutters could be back on the job in 126 Portland-area stores as early as today, but 500 general checkout clerks at Fred Meyer Inc. remain on strike.
The 6,500 grocery workers voted by a 3-to-2 ratio Saturday to accept new three-year contracts with Food Employers Inc., bargaining arm for Albertson's, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Thriftway stores.
Rick Sawyer, spokesman for Local 555 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, said the new contract failed to meet workers' expectations in the areas of seniority, scheduling and economics.
Fred Meyer's central checkout clerks, who are governed under a separate contract, rejected their proposed contract by a 3-to-2 ratio, Sawyer said.
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