Fred Meyer Chain Reaches Tentative Deal With Warehouse Workers

Originally published on March 5, 2013 11:05 am

Regional grocery and department store chain Fred Meyer has reached a tentative deal with its warehouse workers.

The deal averts for now a possible strike by 360 workers at a major Fred Meyer warehouse in Puyallup, Washington. The facility is a distribution center for the 132 Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Neither the Portland-based chain nor the Teamsters union that represents the workers would release details of the agreement. But earlier the union had said the major sticking point was the cost of an employee health care plan.

Over the weekend the warehouse workers had voted to go on strike if talks broke down. Union members will vote on whether to ratify the deal later this month.

Fred Meyer is headquartered in Portland but is a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger.

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