LOS ANGELES -- Negotiators for striking and locked-out union members and three supermarket chains were meeting here last week under the auspices of a federal mediator -- the first sustained negotiations in the course of the 19-week-old Southern California labor dispute. en off in two or three days. However, talks that commenced Feb. 11 were still ongoing late last week. The labor dispute began Oct. 11, 2003, when members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union struck Safeway-owned ...

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