LOS ANGELES — The three largest Southern California supermarket chains signed an employee-lockout agreement last week “to restore balance to the negotiation process” in the event the United Food and Commercial Workers Union decides to strike one of them. The agreement — encompassing Supervalu-owned Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons — includes a provision to lock out employees within 48 hours of a selective strike against any one of them and to provide financial ...

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