UNION, RETAILERS GO TO MEDIATION

LOS ANGELES -- The Southern California food industry appeared headed for a strike and lockout over the weekend, although there was some hope for a delay in any labor action as both sides agreed to meet with a federal mediator.Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, the largest of seven locals involved in the negotiations, voted last Wednesday to reject the employers' offer and

LOS ANGELES -- The Southern California food industry appeared headed for a strike and lockout over the weekend, although there was some hope for a delay in any labor action as both sides agreed to meet with a federal mediator.

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, the largest of seven locals involved in the negotiations, voted last Wednesday to reject the employers' offer and authorize a strike by a 98% vote, and voting later in the week by the six other local

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