Events taking place away from the bargaining tables could have long-range implications for supermarket operators as some prepare to grapple over central issues like health and welfare benefits, higher wages and improved working conditions in the 62 contracts, representing 194,718 grocery workers, up for negotiation this year. The United Food and Commercial Workers stands to gain strength this year through the presidential election process. The UFCW, which represents about 1.4 million ...

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