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UFCW Delays Raley's Vote Count: Report

SAN FRANCISCO — Two Northern California locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are delaying the vote counts on new contracts at Raley's, citing unresolved disputes, according to local reports.

Members of UFCW Local 8 and Local 5 employed by Raley's were scheduled to turn in their ballots Monday in a vote on whether to accept new contracts, but the Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday that the unions were protesting the fact that Raley's had begun implementing wage cuts before the contracts had been ratified.

A union spokesman previously said the results were to be announced later this week.

Raley's reached a settlement with the union last month, after the union struck Raley's for a little over a week before the two sides reached an accord.

Read more: Raley’s Reaches Labor Agreement

The agreement followed a year of on-and-off negotiations on a successor contract to the one that expired in October 2011. Workers at Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif., reached agreement with the UFCW in September, and results of a ratification vote on a new contract at Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway were scheduled to be announced this week.

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