SAN FRANCISCO — The picket lines came down after nine days at Safeway, Save Mart and Lucky stores in Northern California when a tentative agreement was reached Friday night in a dispute over health benefits.
Union spokesman Greg Dinier said the proposed contract must still be ratified by 11 locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The union represents 32,000 butchers, baggers and clerks at more than 400 stores.
About 16,000 workers at 208 Safeway stores walked off the job April 6.
Lucky and Save Mart managers made good on a solidarity pledgeby locking out 16,000 union workers.