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Supermarket workers ratify labor contract

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Unionized Giant and Safeway workers in the Washington, D.C., area have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that union officials say includes wage increases, improved health benefits and more retirement security.

“Our members’ activism and solidarity is why they won one of the best collective bargaining agreements in the supermarket industry,” United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 President Tom McNutt said in a statement.

The collective bargaining agreement takes effect retroactively on April 1, 2012 and ends on Oct. 31, 2013. Its 19-month duration is due to the uncertainty around implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the health and welfare plan covering Giant and Safeway workers.

UFCW Local 400 represents 40,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in the District of Columbia and six states, including Virginia.


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