Union Board to Vote on Save Mart Contract

MODESTO, Calif. — Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 employed at Save Mart Supermarkets [2] here and its Lucky Stores subsidiary voted by a margin of 52% against the contract offer that was re-submitted to them last week, but failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to reject it.

UFCW executives had said prior to the voting that a "yes" vote of 34% or more would allow the new agreement to take effect. Local 5 said its executive board is scheduled to meet Monday to vote on approval of the proposal.

Read more: UFCW Hopes to Meet With Save Mart [3]

The decision by Local 5 to allow its members to re-vote followed an announcement by Save Mart that it planned to implement some of the cost-savings terms of the agreement already in force — the contract that has been extended since it expired last October — and to begin reducing the number of senior clerks to 44% of its workforce rather than the 65% level in the rejected contract offer.

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