SAN FRANCISCO -- Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., and Albertson's, Boise, Idaho, last week were preparing for a possible strike by more than 22,000 employees and members of nine local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in northern California. The two retailers bargained here as a single employer unit with the local chapters, hoping that the two parties could reach an agreement prior to the Sept. 1 deadline. "We have been bargaining in good faith with all nine locals, and ...

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