LABOR DIVISIONS

It may be a long second half of 1996 on the labor front. With union-management disputes in the Denver and Vancouver markets over maintenance of benefits and work rules, the first half of the year is ending on a contentious note.Those same issues -- heightened by the proliferation of nonunion supercenters, a growing reliance on part-time employment and the use of lower-rate contracts -- are among the

It may be a long second half of 1996 on the labor front. With union-management disputes in the Denver and Vancouver markets over maintenance of benefits and work rules, the first half of the year is ending on a contentious note.

Those same issues -- heightened by the proliferation of nonunion supercenters, a growing reliance on part-time employment and the use of lower-rate contracts -- are among the topics that will pop up repeatedly as new bargaining sessions get under way in market

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