MODESTO, Calif. — Just a few days before employees began voting last week on whether to accept a new contract offer or authorize a strike, Save Mart Supermarkets here said it has demoted approximately 150 senior clerks in the Sacramento area, cutting their hourly pay from $21 to $16. According to a company statement, “Our contract negotiated in 2007 has a required ratio of senior clerk to clerk positions. As a result of store closures and current economic conditions, we found ...

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