LOS ANGELES -- The rhetoric in Southern California is beginning to heat up -- not only among gubernatorial candidates but also between the union and employers as the Oct. 5 expiration of their current contract draws closer. The contract between seven locals of United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the area's three major employers covers 80,000 retail clerks and meatcutters at more than 850 stores. Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons are negotiating as a ...

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