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Jewel food stores, Melrose Park, Ill., has an agreement for a new contract for 21,750 employees belonging to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, Local 0881, the company said. The four-year pact is scheduled for a ratification vote Oct. 29. r, has agreed to acquire rubber and plastics products maker Rubbermaid in a $5.8 billion deal, the companies said last week.Mckesson corp., San Francisco,

Jewel food stores, Melrose Park, Ill., has an agreement for a new contract for 21,750 employees belonging to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, Local 0881, the company said. The four-year pact is scheduled for a ratification vote Oct. 29.

r, has agreed to acquire rubber and plastics products maker Rubbermaid in a $5.8 billion deal, the companies said last week.

Mckesson corp., San Francisco, has agreed to acquire HBO & Co. of Atlanta -- a merger that would combine a healthcare supply management company with a healthcare information systems and technology company.

WAL-MART STORES, Bentonville, Ark., has been accused by the U.S. government of shipping Mexican avocados to states that did not have federal approval to sell them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a complaint last week that charges Wal-Mart with 156 counts, which carry fines of up to $1,000 each.