Contract Negotiations

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It's finally over.

Workers at Safeway grocery stores accepted a new
4-year contract Saturday, ending several months of bitter
negotiations between unionized workers and one of Colorado's
largest grocers.

The union's spokesman says 65 percent of the voting workers approved the contract and affects more than 9 thousand employees in Colorado and Wyoming.

The contract includes a tiered wage system that starts new
employees with lower salaries and benefits and, for the first
time, includes health insurance premiums to be paid by workers.

Both issues had been key sticking points during 8 months of

Safeway's spokeswoman says the contract maintains affordable health care benefits and good wages, but allows the company to reduce costs and remain competitive.