ST. LOUIS -- Price Cutter/Ramey, the 30-unit Springfield, Mo., chain bent on carving a niche in this market, has encountered turbulence -- days after purchasing six Price Chopper superwarehouse stores here. Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers has set up picket lines and launched a boycott against the firm for firing 300 workers at the acquired stores. The union also has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Nick Torpea, president of the local, said that ...

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