The contentious 15-day strike against Atlanta-based United Parcel Service this summer slowed many businesses to a halt. But in the food industry, early settlements, fast resolutions and perhaps a greater understanding between labor and management seem to have prevailed in 1997. One industry observer hailed the present climate as having "the most harmonious labor relations in food-retailing history." Last month at Giant Food, Landover, Md., Teamsters at two warehouses approved a new ...

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