Nearly 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region agreed on a labor contract with several employers including Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer and QFC as well as some independent stores.

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Nearly 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region agreed on a labor contract with several employers including Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer and QFC as well as some independent stores.

The workers, represented by UFCW 21, UFCW 367 and Teamsters 38, and the employers reached the agreement before their current contract ends, avoiding strikes or drawn-out negotiations. An early agreement hasn’t happened in 15 years, union leaders said in a statement.

The contract guarantees raises above the current minimum wage and requires employers to better fund pension and healthcare plans.