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    Fred Meyer and QFC Stores Reach Tentative Pact with Unions

    PORTLAND, Ore. And BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Fred Meyer and QFC stores, both divisions of The Kroger Co., said yesterday they have reached a tentative agreement on new grocery, meat, and cashier contracts with United Food & Commercial Workers Union Locals 21, 44, 81, and Teamsters Local 28 in Seattle.

    PORTLAND, Ore. And BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Fred Meyer and QFC stores, both divisions of The Kroger Co., said yesterday they have reached a tentative agreement on new grocery, meat, and cashier contracts with United Food & Commercial Workers Union Locals 21, 44, 81, and Teamsters Local 28 in Seattle.

    The tentative agreement covers 3,500 Fred Meyer associates and 4,500 QFC associates at stores in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. Fred Meyer and QFC negotiated the contracts as part of a multi-employer group that also included representatives of Safeway and Albertsons.

    The UFCW plans to fully recommend the tentative agreement to its members for consideration at ratification meetings on Sunday, August 26, 2007. Details of the tentative agreement are not being released pending ratification.

    Fred Meyer Stores operates 127 multi-department stores in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

    QFC operates 77 stores in Washington and Oregon and employs nearly 5,800 associates.

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