Bruno's Union Contract Stays: Judge

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge yesterday declined to void the labor contract that Bruno's Supermarkets has with its employees as the company prepares itself for auction this week.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge here yesterday declined to void the labor contract that Bruno's Supermarkets has with its employees as the company prepares itself for auction this week.

Bruno's had sought to have the contract thrown out, claiming it made it impossible to sell the chain.

Elaise Fox, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1657, was quoted in the Birmingham News as saying that the ruling "ensured that Bruno's workers will be essential players in the revitalization of this celebrated company."

The ruling also averts a threatened strike, the union said.

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