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Southern California grocery chains.

Negotiators for the Food Employers Council, representing major grocery chains in southern California, and 17 locals of the Teamsters union signed a new 3-year master contract, covering approximately 8,200 drivers, clerks, and clerical and warehouse employees. (Supermarkets covered by the agreement include Vons Cos., Ralphs Grocery Co., Stater Brothers Markets, Food 4 Less, Albertson's, Lucky Stores, and ArdenMayfair, Inc.) The accord was expected to apply to an additional 1,500 workers under a "me-too" contract negotiated by the Teamsters with the Certified Wholesale Grocers. The major issues in dispute reportedly were wages, the use of part-time workers, and workweeks without consecutive days off.

Terms of the pact call for wage increases of 40 cents an hour in the first year and 35 cents an hour in the second and third years. (At the expiration of the prior contract, the base rate reportedly was $15.82 for drivers and $15.54 for warehouse workers.)

Other terms include an 88-cent-per hour increase over the term of the contract (previously, $405 per month per employee) in employers' contributions towards health care; a 55-cent-per-hour increase (to $1.90 per hour per employee) in employers' contributions to the pension fund; and contract language giving management greater operational flexibility, particularly in balancing the work force and work load.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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