Safeway, Grocery Workers Agree to Contract

The union representing 25,000 Safeway Inc. grocery workers in Northern California says a scheduled strike vote has been called off because a new contract agreement has been reached.

The agreement announced early Sunday by the United Food and
Commercial Workers union covers employees at about 300 stores in
the region's largest grocery store chain.

Specific details of the new four-year accord were not released.
Safeway store employees were working under a contract extension
that expired Saturday.

The agreement must still be ratified by union members. Messages left at the Pleasanton-based grocer's corporate headquarters were not immediately returned Sunday morning.

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