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Grocery workers approve three-year contract

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Nearly 10,000 union grocers in St. Louis have a new contract. They overwhelmingly approved the pact Wednesday.

The Schnucks, Dierbergs, and Shop 'n Save workers will get pay raises but will also for the first time have to pay a portion of health care costs.

The final vote was 2,289-511 in favor of the contract, avoiding a strike like one in 2003 when workers walked off the job for more than three weeks.

Among other things, the wages will increase by $1.20 an hour over the three years of the contract. But workers will be required, for the first time, to pay a portion of health insurance premiums.

The contract covers 98 stores in Missouri. Workers for the three chains in the Metro-East are with a different union that will start negotiations next year, when that contract expires.

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