Mediator Beckenbaugh to Join Calif. Talks

Contract negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the three major employers in Southern California are scheduled to resume with the participation of a federal mediator.

LOS ANGELES — Contract negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the three major employers in Southern California are scheduled to resume next week with the participation of a federal mediator.

Sources said the mediator will be Scott Beckenbaugh, who was called in to help with negotiations in 2007 that led to a contract settlement.

"He is already familiar with all the players and, because he was involved for more than three months with negoti

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