LAYOFFS VIOLATE CONTRACT, WORKERS SAY

ARCADIA, Calif. -- A decision by Vons here, a division of Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., to close two stores in Fresno, Calif., has resulted in an unspecified number of layoffs that threaten to turn into an age-discrimination face-off.and Commercial Workers union, though he declined to specify what the agreement requires. Officials at UFCW Local 1288 in Fresno did not return SN's calls.Vons closed the

ARCADIA, Calif. -- A decision by Vons here, a division of Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., to close two stores in Fresno, Calif., has resulted in an unspecified number of layoffs that threaten to turn into an age-discrimination face-off.

and Commercial Workers union, though he declined to specify what the agreement requires. Officials at UFCW Local 1288 in Fresno did not return SN's calls.

Vons closed the two stores in Fresno, in central California, earlier this month "because the

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