This week may be remembered as a milestone in labor relations for the food industry. Six United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals in northern California -- representing about 25,000 workers -- are expected to approve a new four-year contract with some 200 Safeway and Lucky stores -- months before the current contract is scheduled to expire. The settlement would be news in itself, but it takes on an increased significance when contrasted with the last round of contract talks in the ...
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