Amid Posturing, Unions, Chains Near Agreements

A busy year for supermarket labor contract negotiations is showing some signs of progress. Seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, representing 65,000 workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons in Southern California, set a deadline of this Thursday for management to offer a proposal to succeed an already-expired contract. That will be followed by a vote at meetings scheduled

LOS ANGELES — A busy year for supermarket labor contract negotiations is showing some signs of progress.

Seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, representing 65,000 workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons in Southern California, set a deadline of this Thursday for management to offer a proposal to succeed an already-expired contract. That will be followed by a vote at meetings scheduled for this coming Sunday and Monday on whether to accept whatever managem

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