Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Grocery Accord

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Grocery Accord

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Grocery accord

The Food Employers Council Inc. and 10 locals of the Food and Commercial Workers reached agreement on a 38-month master contract, covering some 80,000 clerks and meat department workers at six grocery chains in southern California. The agreement is expected to set a pattern for an additional 20,000 grocery workers at several other large food chains and independent grocery stores. (The Council bargained for Albertson's, Alpha Beta, Lucky Stores, Ralph's, Safeway Stores, Stater Bros., and Vons.) Health care, wages, staffing, guaranteed hours of work, and use of nonunion vendors were the major issues in dispute.

Terms of the contract call for a general wage increase of 60 cents per hour for clerks and meatcutters in the first year, 55 cents in the second year, and 50 cents in the third year. (Supermarket clerks earned between $4.25 and $13.05 an hour under the prior agreement; and meatcutters, between $9.31 and $14.33.)

Regarding benefits, the current pension plan benefits were increased 10 percent. In addition, a new optional contributory pension benefit plan, with employee contributions of 10 cents an hour, was established effective in the third year of the contract. …

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