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The Los Angeles Times reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has reached a tentative labor agreement with Ralphs and Albertsons in Southern California, a deal that should avert "the immediate threat of a strike that could have roiled some of the region's largest supermarket chains."

Local union members represented by the UFCW are scheduled to vote on the package on Monday. To this point, details have not be disclosed.

According to the story, "The specter of the last major grocery strike, which started in 2003 and lasted 141 days, loomed over this year’s negotiations. That strike dealt heavy losses to both sides." But, "in June, about 47,000 clerks, meat cutters, stockers and other grocery workers across Southern California voted to authorize a strike against Ralphs and Albertsons, which includes Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores, if a deal wasn’t reached by Aug. 8.
KC's View:
Good. The last strike gave me story material for months, but I took no pleasure in it. (Well, maybe a little pleasure, just because it was a good story. But I felt a little guilty about it.)