Three years after one of the most divisive and painful labor disputes in industry history, all eyes return to Southern California again this month. Union leaders and major supermarket employers there are currently at work negotiating new agreements to replace the three-year deal arrived at after a 141-day strike/lockout ended in 2004. As the sun sets on that deal, union leaders are seeking to collapse the structure of that contract's “tiers,” which provided a less attractive schedule of ...

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