LOS ANGELES -- The union blinked last week, but the three major Southern California employers just stared back impassively -- and the 17-week-old strike went on. An offer by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to submit the issues in the ongoing dispute to binding arbitration and allow 70,000 union members to return to work was rejected outright by Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway less than two hours after the union made the offer at a press conference. "Today's ...

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