Shoppers Food & Pharmacy workers at some Maryland and Virginia stores ratified a new, two-year contract Thursday that increases wages, maintains pension benefits and funds health benefits without raising workers' costs, the union local representing the workers said Thursday.

The collective bargaining agreement between United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 and Shoppers, a division of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, applies to 2,500 grocery workers at Shoppers in Northern Virginia and in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties. It took effect retroactively on July 8 and ends July 7, 2014.

Workers at Shoppers Food stores in the rest of Maryland, including the Baltimore area, who are represented by UFCW Local 27, were scheduled Thursday to vote on a similar contract, but results were not available.

Tom NcNutt, president of Local 400, said the contract with Local 400 members "keeps middle class grocery jobs in Maryland and Virginia and lays the groundwork for the company's future success and profitability."

He said the agreement is comparable to contracts ratified earlier this year by Local 400 members who work for Safeway and Giant Food. It includes bonuses paid within two weeks and wage increases that take effect next July. It keeps current pension benefits and maintains members out-of-pocket health benefit costs.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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