LOS ANGELES -- A strike by 47,000 Southern California grocery workers may have been averted Thursday as their unions reached a tentative contract with three supermarket chains.
Employees were scheduled to vote Monday on whether to approve the deal with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. That was the deadline set for reaching an agreement when workers voted in June to authorize a strike.
"For all intents and purposes, it's over," Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, told the Los Angeles Times .
The contracts will cover employees at about 350 stores in Southern California.
Details weren't released, but both sides said they were happy with the proposal, which was reached after a week of round-the-clock negotiations.