Unionized grocery store workers are voting this week on a tentative agreement with their employers at the region's four big chains. Ratification of a new three-year contract looks likely.
About twenty five thousand grocery workers in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and North Mason counties are covered in the contract. Most work for QFC, Fred Meyer, Albertsons and Safeway stores.
The latest offer came after three days of marathon talks the weekend before Thanksgiving and the threat of a strike at the four big chains. 94% of the union members had authorized a walk-out after seeing the previous offer, which they said would severely cut their pay and benefits.
A tentative agreement on a new contract offer looks headed for approval. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union are still voting in several locations and their votes won't be tallied till this weekend.
Ratification would mean the conclusion of ten months of bargaining.