Consolidation this year was as important an issue for food-retailing clerks and truck drivers as it was for corporate executives. In 1999, the fear of job loss following a possible merger and the challenge of maintaining a union's power in the wake of an actual merger led to two of the year's more intense labor-management disputes. Bruno's, Birmingham, Ala., has been in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for nearly two years. This fall, members of United Food and Commercial Workers ...

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