WASHINGTON -- The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is gearing up for several large negotiations this year, including a renewal of a Southern California pact covering 70,000 workers at Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs that led to a 20-week strike-lockout in 2003-2004. Other big contracts scheduled for negotiations in 2007 include one for a 103-store Meijer region in Grand Rapids, Mich., covering nearly 29,000 workers; multi-employer contracts in Northern California and Washington state ...

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