NEW CONTRACT EXPECTED FOR N. CALIFORNIA LOCAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The labor focus in California has shifted north as negotiators for four chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 588 seek an accord on a successor contract to one that expires at midnight Saturday.The contract covers 19,000 UFCW members at stores that stretch from here approximately 250 miles north to the Oregon border -- separate from contracts covering

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The labor focus in California has shifted north as negotiators for four chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 588 seek an accord on a successor contract to one that expires at midnight Saturday.

The contract covers 19,000 UFCW members at stores that stretch from here approximately 250 miles north to the Oregon border -- separate from contracts covering 28,000 members in eight union locals working at stores in the San Francisco Bay Area who

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