LOS ANGELES -- It was back to the bargaining table here last week as the Southern California strike-lockout closed in on its ninth week, making it one of the longest labor disputes in the history of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. California's attorney general, Bill Lockyer, stepped into the dispute last week, issuing subpoenas to the three companies involved in the dispute -- Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., parent company of Vons; Albertsons, Boise, Idaho; and Kroger Co., ...

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