CHAINS, UNIONS FAIL TO MEET CONTRACT DEADLINE LOS ANGELES — The three chains involved in negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Southern California did not present an acceptable contract offer by last Thursday's deadline, leading to a vote over the weekend to authorize a strike, said Mike Shimpock, a UFCW spokesman, in a press conference last week. Albertsons workers had already authorized a strike — the vote over the weekend was for Ralphs and Vons workers. ...

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