- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — A union representing about 25,000 grocery workers in the Baltimore-Washington area says it has reached a tentative agreement with two major supermarket chains.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union had earlier warned of a possible strike at Giant Foods, which is owned by Royal Ahold NV, and at Safeway Inc.

Workers will vote tomorrow on whether to ratify the agreement. The union says it will make details of the agreement public on Wednesday.

The previous contract between the chains and the UFCW expired at midnight yesterday. However, the two sides agreed to keep negotiating today.

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