Union grocery workers in the Puget Sound area began voting Tuesday on a contract offer from four major supermarket chains. Voting will continue through Wednesday, with the results available Thursday morning.
Details of the contract proposed by Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and QFC “will be released after workers have had their chance to review the proposal in detail and vote,” according to a release Tuesday by United Food & Commercial Workers and Teamsters spokesman Tom Geiger.
Votes are being held in Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, Bellevue and Bremerton.
The results of the balloting will be released Thursday at noon at a press conference at UFCW Local 21 headquarters in Seattle.
Negotiations on the union contract began in March, and in September and earlier this month union members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Negotiators were able to forge an agreement only two hours before the strike was scheduled to begin. The tentative agreement was unanimously recommended by the union negotiating team.