Pension Funds a Hot Issue

As supermarket workers here finish voting on the last, best and final offer from the chains in their long-running union contract negotiations, one of the key issues will be the funding of the pension plan that covers retirees. A bargaining cycle ago, health care was the main issue we were dealing with, said Jill Cashen, a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers International, based

DENVER — As supermarket workers here finish voting on the “last, best and final” offer from the chains in their long-running union contract negotiations, one of the key issues will be the funding of the pension plan that covers retirees.

“A bargaining cycle ago, health care was the main issue we were dealing with,” said Jill Cashen, a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers International, based in Washington. “Now, it is certainly funding our pensions.

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