SEATTLE -- The supermarket chains involved in labor negotiations with five locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union here submitted a benefits plan for a new contract last week that was soundly rejected by the locals. "This proposal would effectively eliminate affordable, quality health care for workers," said Mike Williams, president, UFCW Local 81, Auburn, Wash., in a statement, adding the chains' proposal was "dead on arrival." Among other changes, the chains suggested that ...

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