PLEASANTON, Calif. — Progress is “slow but steady” in the Southern California labor negotiations as both sides have relaxed the bargaining rules a bit, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway here, said last week. The negotiations have been slowed because the three chains — Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger — and seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been bargaining as separate entities, with only one employer and one local able to ...

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