Vons groceries store. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

The union representing thousands of grocery store workers in Southern California has reached a tentative deal with supermarket chains that would avert a strike scheduled to begin next week, union officials announced Thursday.

“We have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons, pending our members ratification vote on Monday on Aug. 8.,” the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, which represents union members in San Diego County, posted on its website.

The union’s rank-and-file members will vote to accept or reject the deal on Monday, with voting going on from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at several local offices around the Southland. Voting in San Diego will take place at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley

The workers voted in June to authorize a strike if a new deal wasn’t reached by Monday.

“We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the unions that rewards our associates and allows all of us to continue to provide excellent shopping experiences for Ralphs customers,” Kendra Doyel, vice president of public relations for Ralphs, told City News Service.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.