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Grocery Workers Avert Oregon Holiday Strike

November 23, 1987|United Press International

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 6,500 grocery workers voted Sunday to accept a new contract that freezes wages for three years, averting a possible strike against 200 Portland-area stores during the Thanksgiving holiday season, union officials said.

The contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 covers more than 6,500 Portland-area grocery clerks, bakery workers and meat cutters. Journeymen food clerks in the area earn $11.05 an hour, while meat cutters are paid $12.99 an hour.

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