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Raley’s and Union Reach Deal, Strike to End Immediately

Raley’s employees strike outside an Elk Grove store location Sunday.

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Raley’s and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have reached an agreement, the company announced Tuesday morning.

Details of the agreement won’t be available until the union ratifies the deal.

Earlier Tuesday morning, a person inside the Raley’s organization told FOX40 that a deal has been reached to end the strike.

Luana Munoz learned the agreement was reached between the company and workers’ union, and the strike should officially be over at Noon Tuesday. However, the company said that the pickets will end immediately now that the agreement has been announced.

“I greatly appreciate the incredible effort put forth by our employees and company during this time as well as thank the many customers who continued to support us.  As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again,” wrote Mike Teal, president of Raley’s, in a statement.

Negotiations between the company and union had stretched for 15 months prior to the 9 day strike. The sticking point looked to be health care, with the union releasing numerous statements noting “terms proposed by the company include elimination of retiree health care and inadequate funding of health care for active workers.”

Raley’s has maintained that these claims aren’t true, noting that the final contract proposed to the union only dealt with employee wages.

In the statement announcing the end of the strike, Raley’s notes that the deal will be shared with Bel Air union members. Workers at Bel Air never joined in on the strike.

This strike was the first in the West Sacramento-based company’s 77 year history. Pressures from the economy and increases in non-union stores selling groceries is said to have started the issues the union and company had to work through.

Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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