SAFEWAY: TOUGH YEAR AHEAD ON LABOR FRONT

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week the time to take a stand on escalating labor costs is now.With the strike against its Southern California stores moving into its ninth week and employees in Chicago, Phoenix and Saskatchewan working without contracts, Safeway acknowledged it faces a tough year ahead, with agreements due to expire in 2004 in its eastern division in March, Seattle in

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week the time to take a stand on escalating labor costs is now.

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