Grocery workers approve contract, avoid strike

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SEATTLE - Thousands of grocery store workers approved a new contract Thursday and will not go on strike.

According to a union leader, the new contract will keep workers’ health benefits and holiday pay intact, and there will be no freeze in pay.  

A tentative agreement was reached last week, two hours before union grocery workers with national grocery chains would have gone on strike.

The three unions that negotiated together were UFCW 21 & 367 and Teamsters 38.

Negotiations with the big national chains started last March and continued throughout the summer and fall.

A strike would affect nearly 90 stores within a 15-mile radius of Seattle, including 20 Safeway stores, 40 QFC locations, 16 Albertson grocery stores and 12 Fred Meyer locations.