AFTER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LABOR TALKS GET EASIER

Retailers in Arizona, Pennsylvania and West Virginia came to contract terms with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union last week, while in Seattle the chains and union appeared to be moving closer to resolving a contract dispute.The negotiations, along with those that have been settled in recent months in Texas, Michigan and Illinois, have been facilitated by the messy, 141-day strike-lockout

Retailers in Arizona, Pennsylvania and West Virginia came to contract terms with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union last week, while in Seattle the chains and union appeared to be moving closer to resolving a contract dispute.

The negotiations, along with those that have been settled in recent months in Texas, Michigan and Illinois, have been facilitated by the messy, 141-day strike-lockout that resulted in a new contract for UFCW members at Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs a

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