Arizona Chains Reach Labor Agreement, Avert Strike

Only hours before a threatened strike, union workers at Safeway, Fry's and Smith's stores reached tentative agreement with employers on a three-year contract, officials said.

PHOENIX — Only hours before a threatened strike, union workers at Safeway, Fry's and Smith's stores here reached tentative agreement with employers on a three-year contract, officials said.

The agreement ends 13 months of negotiations between the retailers and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99. The chains and union declined to provide details of the contract until after membership votes, which are expected to take place in the coming weeks.

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