"With this positive result, I also want to commend the work of FMCS Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh and Commissioner Isael Hermosillo, who assisted the negotiators for the UFCW and the supermarkets in resolving their differences. These were long and difficult bargaining sessions, and through the efforts of our FMCS mediators, the parties stayed at the table and made difficult choices that resulted in today's agreement.
"I thank the parties for their cooperation with FMCS mediators, and we are pleased at this successful result."
In accordance with FMCS practices and consistent with the requirements of mediator confidentiality, FMCS will have no further comment on the details of the agreement or the substance of the negotiations.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 regional offices and more than 60 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.
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