PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway employees in Northern California will be voting between now and Christmas on new contracts that include wage increases of $1.80 an hour over the four-year term of the agreement for journeyman clerks and $2.05 an hour for general merchandise and bakery clerks. Meanwhile, Safeway workers from 80 stores in Alberta are in the midst of a strike vote after negotiations there stalled. Ballots in Northern California are going in the mail this week, an official of the ...

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