LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A strike by 47,000 Southern California grocery workers may have been averted Thursday as their unions reached a tentative contract with three supermarket chains.

Employees were scheduled to vote Monday on whether to approve the deal with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. That was the deadline set for reaching an agreement when workers voted in June to authorize a strike.

“We are happy to say that five months after our previous contract expired, the corporate owners of Ralphs and Vons/Albertsons have agreed to a proposed contract,” Rick Icaza, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, said in a statement.

The contracts will cover employees at about 350 stores in Southern California.

Read more at CBSLA.com.


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