Progress Seen in Labor Talks

PLEASANTON, Calif. Progress is slow but steady in the Southern California labor negotiations as both sides have relaxed the bargaining rules a bit, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway here, said last week. The negotiations have been slowed because the three chains Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger and seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Progress is “slow but steady” in the Southern California labor negotiations as both sides have relaxed the bargaining rules a bit, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway here, said last week.

The negotiations have been slowed because the three chains — Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger — and seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been bargaining as separate entities, with only one employer and one local able

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