Raley's says union workers ratify new contract

SACRAMENTO — Union workers at grocery chain Raley's have ratified a new labor contract, officials said.

The new two-year contract includes wage and benefit concessions for about 7,000 workers, including employees working at Raley's stores that operate under the Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods names, officials at the West Sacramento-based grocer told the Sacramento Bee http://bit.ly/104tMFk ) on Friday.

"We are very happy that it has been ratified and very pleased with the new contract as it provides us with the long-term fix we wanted and needed," the company said in a statement.

Leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers union confirmed that its members had voted in favor of the contract, the newspaper said.

The new contract has employees temporarily giving up bonus pay for Sunday and holiday shifts, and paying more for health care. But workers were able to preserve the core of a health plan that's considered one of the most generous in the grocery business, The Bee reported.

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