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United Food and Commercial Worker union members and supporters gather to cheer near a still-standing "countdown clock" for a strike deadline after a tentative agreement was announced Oct. 21 in Seattle. Spokesmen for both sides in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers to the brink of a strike say a tentative agreement has been reached that prevents a threatened walkout at four major grocery chains. Union workers had been set to walk out at 7 p.m. Monday if no agreement was reached.

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Wash. grocery workers settle

SEATTLE (AP) — A tentative agreement has been reached in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery store workers to the brink of a strike against four major chains, spokesmen for both sides said Monday evening.

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