Chains Agree to Lock Out Workers

LOS ANGELES The three largest Southern California supermarket chains signed an employee-lockout agreement last week to restore balance to the negotiation process in the event the United Food and Commercial Workers Union decides to strike one of them. The agreement encompassing Supervalu-owned Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons includes a provision to lock out employees within 48

LOS ANGELES — The three largest Southern California supermarket chains signed an employee-lockout agreement last week “to restore balance to the negotiation process” in the event the United Food and Commercial Workers Union decides to strike one of them.

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