WASHINGTON — United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 here yesterday said it has received and reviewed economic proposals from Safeway and Giant of Landover as part of ongoing labor-contract negotiations with the chains, but “little progress has been made,” James Lowthers, president of Local 400, said in a statement on the union’s website. Talks on the new contracts, which cover 23,000 workers in the Washington-Baltimore area who are members of UFCW Locals 400 and 27, are scheduled to continue through Sunday, with a vote slated for Tuesday, April 1. The current contract expires March 29. “Strike preparations are now in place,” the union said. The national office of the UFCW issued a statement yesterday stating that UFCW members around the country were “communicating with customers” in support of the workers.
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