California grocery workers OK deal; strike averted

After eight months of contract-wrangling and negotiations that dragged past a strike deadline, supermarket workers from San Luis Obispo to the Mexico border will stay on the job.

Members of the region's United Food and Commercial Workers voted to ratify a new contract with three major grocery chains, union local spokeswoman Ellen Anreder said, averting a strike of more than 60,000 workers that could have crippled the industry and left shoppers scrambling.

United Food and Commercial Workers local spokeswoman Ellen Anreder said Saturday that after two days of voting, members agreed to a deal struck Monday with Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons. Exact vote totals were not released.