SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Five months after their contract expired, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union representing roughly 50,000 grocery workers throughout the Central Coast and Southern California, reached a tentative agreement with Kroger Company and Cerberus Capital.
The UFCW Local 770 made the announcement on Friday.
The Kroger Company owns the Ralphs grocery chain store, and Cerberus Capital owns Vons and Albertsons.
"While we are unable to divulge the details of the agreement until we inform our members...We believe this contract will address our members' concerns and begin to secure the important role grocery workers play in our community," said John Grant, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 770.
Grocery workers have been working without a contract since it expired five months ago. And since then, they've staged numerous rallies and marches in an effort to bring the corporate owners to negotiations.
The grocery workers will now gather to review the details of the contract and vote on the offer.