KROGER, FARMER JACK NARROWLY AVOID STRIKE IN DETROIT REGION

DETROIT -- Kroger Co. and A&P's Farmer Jack here have reached agreement on new 39-month contracts with members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 876.s expired, and will run through June 5, 2004.According to Jack Finn, the union's legislative director, the negotiations process nearly collapsed the day the old agreements expired, with 95% of union members who participated voting to authorize

DETROIT -- Kroger Co. and A&P's Farmer Jack here have reached agreement on new 39-month contracts with members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 876.

s expired, and will run through June 5, 2004.

According to Jack Finn, the union's legislative director, the negotiations process nearly collapsed the day the old agreements expired, with 95% of union members who participated voting to authorize a strike. He said extensive local media coverage of the situatio

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