Raley's said today that its unionized members have ratified a new labor contract, a month after a 10-day strike ended.
The new contract calls for wage and benefit concessions.
John Segale, a company spokesman, said it received official confirmation of the ratification this afternoon from Jacques Loveall, president of Local 8 of the United Food and Commecial Workers in Roseville.
The votes were supposed to have been counted Monday, but the UFCW angrily impounded the ballots because of a fresh dispute with the West Sacramento grocery chain. The union was upset that Raley's had already implemented some of the wage cuts even though the contract hadn't been ratified.
Raley's said it was proper to implement those contract terms right away.
Earlier today, Raley's said the union had agreed to "expedited arbitration" to resolve that dispute, and would begin counting the votes.
Barely two hours later, the company said the new contract got the necessary votes from the union members.
Union officials weren't immediately available for comment.
Raley's had been pressing for concessions in an effort to regain market share from low-cost, nonunion competitors such as Wal-Mart. The new contract says workers will surrender bonus pay for Sunday and holiday shifts, and will also pay more for health care.