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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:42 pm | Updated: 1:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Grocery workers at Fry’s, Safeway and Smith’s voted to ratify a new contract, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 announced Thursday.

Members of the union voted by mail to approve a three-year agreement that does not include employee-paid premiums for health insurance. The new contract also includes wage increases and funding to maintain the workers’ pension fund.

“More than 50 percent of those eligible participated in the vote — an unusually high percentage that reflects our members’ intense interest in the negotiations that produced this agreement,” said Jim McLaughlin, union president, in a statement.

The agreement between the union and the supermarket companies was reached Nov. 12, hours before a strike deadline.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 is the largest private-sector union in Arizona. It represents workers in retail food and drug stores, food-processing plants, health care facilities, legal offices, dentist offices, waste-management firms, museums, parking lots and other businesses and institutions throughout Arizona.

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