PORTLAND, Ore. -- Negotiators here reported some progress last week in talks to settle the nearly three-month-old labor dispute involving retail clerks in United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 and a host of local retail operators. Jill Eiland, a spokeswoman for Food Employers, which represents management, said five days of talks earlier this month had resulted in "slow and painful progress, with some of the bigger issues being tackled, although no hurdles have been cleared." ...

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