LOS ANGELES — As negotiators hash out the sticky issue of health care coverage, the war of words continued in the contract talks between the three largest Southern California supermarket operators and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. In a joint statement, the three chains — Supervalu-owned Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons — said the union has dragged its feet on resolving the health care issue, taking 42 days to respond to the employers' initial proposal. ...
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