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Thu June 24, 2010
Safeway and Wyoming workers have tentative agreement
By Renny MacKay
Laramie, Wyo. – Safeway and the union representing workers at its ten Wyoming grocery stores have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
Tammy Baker works at the Casper Safeway, and is a negotiator for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local Number Seven. She says she's pleased with the proposed agreement. "The most important part was our pension and our health and welfare," she said. "That's our medical, dental and vision. We got improvements in that and we got a pension equal to Colorado's."
The union had pushed to have a similar benefit package to the one that Colorado Safeway workers receive. The union's other focus was to have equal pay across the state of Wyoming, but negotiators were unable to secure that in this agreement. Union members still have to vote to ratify the contract. A date for that vote has not been set yet.