Raley's, workers reach contract deal

Raley's supermarket chain reached a tentative contract deal with workers, ending a strike that began earlier this month at dozens of stores in Northern California and Nevada, officials said Tuesday.

Representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers union said picket lines would immediately be withdrawn from Raley's and Nob Hill locations.

"As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again," Raley's president Mike Teel said in a statement.

The agreement came less than a week after rival Safeway Inc. signed a tentative deal with its union that left Raley's as the only chain in the region without a labor contract.

Full details were not provided about the agreement involving Raley's, which has 128 stores in the region. However, the union said it was able to retain one of its most important benefits — a union-run health plan.

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