BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Safeway food stores and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 union have reached an agreement to avoid a labor strike.
The agreement was reached overnight Thursday, hours before union members were scheduled to vote on a strike.
Negotiations had been going on daily for the past six-months.
The new proposed contract spans four years, and increases pension contributions by $74.4 million and expands overall wage growth by $49.5 million over the life of the contract.
Members voted Thursday afternoon to officially ratify the contract.
The same union also represents Giant Food employees, and on Thursday they too voted to ratify a new four-year labor agreement.
That agreement raises wages and protects employees health and retirement security, according to the union.