Stater Bros. union members voted to ratify a new three-year contract.
A new three-year contract with Stater Bros. Markets has been ratified by Southern California grocery workers. Members of six United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) unions voted to accept the deal, which will give workers higher wages, protected pension provisions and stronger healthcare benefits.
Key provisions also include guaranteed minimum hours and more workers receiving benefits sooner.
“Today, by ratifying this contract, Stater Bros workers have secured life-changing raises, better healthcare, and protected pensions over the next three years,” said the six unions in a statement. “After more than two years of risking their lives to serve California’s communities as essential workers – the members of UFCW stood together for their families and each other, and secured one of the most historic contracts in California labor history.”
The contract will go into effect immediately and be retroactive to the start of the contract term on March 7.
“I feel very happy about this contract. The wage increase is great because the cost of living in California is very high,” said Christy Acosta, a customer service representative at a Stater Bros. in Pasadena and a bargaining committee member. “I feel like this is going to be a good thing for myself and all my co-workers to bring up the morale in the store. With this contract, I feel appreciated by the company.”
UFCW Local unions in Southern California also successfully negotiated a tentative agreement with Albertsons Cos. banners Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons, and Kroger-owned Ralphs last week that averted a potential worker strike. The ratification is expected to be completed in the coming week.