Workers have rejected calling a strike against a Philadelphia-area grocery store chain.


Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers July 15 voted 985-19 to accept a new contract with Malvern, Pa.-based Acme Markets Inc., which has 40 stores in the Philadelphia, according to a July 16 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


A leader for the Local 1776 was quoted as calling the supermarket’s offer “a very fair contract.”


In June, the union’s nearly 1,200 members rejected a previous contract offer.  The union had been working under an earlier contract since January 2008.


According to media reports, the new four-year contract provides workers equivalent 2% raises and allows Acme management to lease certain departments while keeping core departments staffed by union workers as well as other health and pension benefits.


Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu Inc., owns Acme.