Grocery worker walkout in Puget Sound averted

A possible walkout of 21,000 employees of Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertsons stores in five counties across the Puget Sound was averted on Monday, Oct. 21, as grocery unions and store managers reached a tentative agreement on a new multi-year contract.

Grocery employees in Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties had been in contract negotiations with the grocery chains since March. Employees, including many represented United Food and Commercial Workers regional locals 21 and 367 and Teamsters Local 38 in Everett, voted to authorize the strike last month, if an agreement could not be reached.

Details on the agreement were not made available.

The last grocery-worker strike in the region, a walkout lasting 81 days, occurred in 1989.

Read more about this development from our partners at The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash.

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