Last week Southern California grocery workers voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify a new three-year contract with Stater Bros.
Members of six United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) unions voted to accept the deal, which will give workers higher wages, protected pension provisions and stronger healthcare benefits.
“Today, by ratifying this contract, Stater Bros workers have secured life-changing raises, better healthcare, and protected pensions over the next three years,” said the six unions in a statement. “After more than two years of risking their lives to serve California’s communities as essential workers – the members of UFCW stood together for their families and each other, and secured one of the most historic contracts in California labor history.”
The contract will go into effect immediately and be retroactive to the start of the contract term on March 7.
San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater Bros. operates more than 170 supermarkets in seven Southern California counties and employs about 18,000 associates. The company is No. 54 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.