Southern California Contract Could Set Pattern

The Southern California labor contract covering employees at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons here passed by an 87% margin and will serve as a model for future negotiations, union representatives said.

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California labor contract covering employees at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons here passed by an 87% margin and will serve as a model for future negotiations, union representatives said. The agreement eliminates the two-tier wage system launched here three years ago in the prior agreement; gives employees their first wage increases since 2002 — $1.65 an hour for journeyman food clerks and $1.80 for journeyman general merchandise and meat clerks; reduces the waiting per

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