SAN FRANCISCO — Despite the recommendation of union leaders, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Northern California have voted not to accept a new contract offer with Save Mart Supermarkets.
It was not immediately clear what would happen next.
The UFCW is still negotiating with Safeway, while talks with Raley's have previously been suspended. The union's contracts with the three chains expired last October.
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Though the union did not release vote totals, local sources said the vote among Save Mart employees was 60% against the offer and 40% in favor, with members of UFCW Local 8-Golden State favoring the contract, and members of UFCW Locals 5 and 648 rejecting the offer, which tipped the pooled total against acceptance.
A union executive with no connection to the Northern California voting told SN it was "very unusual" for members to reject an offer recommended by union leadership.
Neither representatives of Save Mart nor the UFCW in Northern California could be reached for comment.
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