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NEW YORK - Major supermarket chains in New York City and Long Island have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract covering 4,000 workers, averting a possible strike, according to news reports.
The tentative accord comes about a month after the previous contract expired. The union represents meat, seafood, and deli workers at a total of 275 supermarkets, including A&P's Waldbaum's division, ShopRite, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, and King Kullen.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 342 said it prevailed on the sticking point of benefits. The supermarkets wanted the workers to contribute to the benefit plans. But the new accord doesn't call for them to do so, according to a union statement.