UNION PICKETS WAREHOUSES; CHAINS VOW TO REMAIN OPEN

LOS ANGELES -- The seven United Food and Commercial Workers union locals here that are engaged in a labor dispute with Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons said last week they began picketing all three companies' Southern California distribution centers.The move followed two days of negotiations between the chains and the union under the supervision of Peter Hurtgen, director of

LOS ANGELES -- The seven United Food and Commercial Workers union locals here that are engaged in a labor dispute with Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Safeway-owned Vons said last week they began picketing all three companies' Southern California distribution centers.

The move followed two days of negotiations between the chains and the union under the supervision of Peter Hurtgen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Washington.

The three companies

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