SAFEWAY SEES CONTRACT PROGRESS

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week negotiations with union locals in Denver have been "disappointing," while talks in the Bay Area and Chicago are moving ahead slowly.However, chain executives expressed confidence the company will ultimately reach settlements in all regions with restructured contracts similar to those it has negotiated with other union locals over the last three years.

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week negotiations with union locals in Denver have been "disappointing," while talks in the Bay Area and Chicago are moving ahead slowly.

However, chain executives expressed confidence the company will ultimately reach settlements in all regions with restructured contracts similar to those it has negotiated with other union locals over the last three years. Those contracts give Safeway the right to hire people at market wages and benefit st

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