It's been almost a year since the strike-lockout in Southern California ended, and the three chains involved are still trying to recover. The losses of sales and profits incurred by Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons during that 20-week dispute, however, will in the long run be seen as a worthwhile sacrifice to gain labor-cost savings, analysts said. In those negotiations and others since, supermarket operators have compromised with the United Food and Commercial Workers union to preserve ...

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