At the time the protracted strike-lockout finally drew to a conclusion in Southern California nearly three years ago, it was clear that organized labor had lost a big one and that supermarket employers came out on top. The labor strife involved Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons. The reason organized labor lost has to do mainly with the two-tier compensation approach labor ultimately accepted. Under that system, supermarkets won the right to hire new workers at lesser pay rates than those being ...

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