EUGENE, Ore. -- Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 here -- who are seeking wage parity with their counterparts in Portland, Ore. -- have authorized a strike against three area chains, although no strike deadline has been set. The union's contract, which covers 1,100 clerks and meatcutters employed by 19 units of Albertson's, Fred Meyer Inc. and Safeway, expired Feb. 14. However, negotiations have continued "because we are still hoping for a better offer," John ...

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