Grocery strike averted – for now, anyway |

Grocery strike averted – for now, anyway

Grocery workers don’t have a new contract with the stores, but will keep working for an indeterminate amount of time.

The union workers and employers decided to keep working under an extension of the current contract Friday, a day before the old contract was set to expire. Wages and benefits stay the same, and both sides can try to negotiate their way to a deal.

Grocery store chains in Nevada County covered by the contract include Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger, which operates Ralphs in this area.

Should one side close negotiations, the contract will go to a vote of union members. If they reject it, the possibility still exists for a strike.

When a deal will be negotiated or voted upon, or even how long the extension will last, remains to be seen.

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