THE NEW WORKFORCE

It's been almost a year since the strike-lockout in Southern California ended, and the three chains involved are still trying to recover.The losses of sales and profits incurred by Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons during that 20-week dispute, however, will in the long run be seen as a worthwhile sacrifice to gain labor-cost savings, analysts said.In those negotiations and others since, supermarket operators

It's been almost a year since the strike-lockout in Southern California ended, and the three chains involved are still trying to recover.

The losses of sales and profits incurred by Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons during that 20-week dispute, however, will in the long run be seen as a worthwhile sacrifice to gain labor-cost savings, analysts said.

In those negotiations and others since, supermarket operators have compromised with the United Food and Commercial Workers union to

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