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The nine-day strike against Raley’s and Nob Hill stores ended today when a tentative agreement was reached between Raley’s management and United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW 8-Golden and UFCW Local 5 - in Northern and Central California. The agreement, which will not be made public until it is ratified by union members, ends 15 months of negotiations between the two sides.
"This is very exciting because this contract provides us with the cost savings we need to fund our vision and the initiatives to make us more competitive in the 21st Century," said Mike Teel, president of West Sacramento-based Raley's. "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."
The Union will recommend ratification to its members with a vote to be determined in the near future. The agreement will also be shared with the union members working at Bel Air, a grocery store chain owned by Raley's, which was not part of the strike.
Teel added that everyone involved in the labor dispute, including the “employees, our customers, our company and communities we serve have suffered,” adding that “it gives me great pleasure to know that as of today our employees will be back to work serving our customers with the same attention and care as we have always served our customers at Raley's and Nob Hill."
Raley’s is a privately owned supermarket chain that operates 128 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.