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  • In Denver, the head of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has urged his membership to reject a contract proposal made by a federal mediator.

    The proposal was crafted by the mediator at the suggestion of Kroger-owned King Soopers, which wanted a third party of help resolve its labor difficulties in the market.

    No date for a vote has been scheduled.

    The proposal "will destroy your contract, it will destroy your health and welfare provisions, it hurts current, retired and future workers," said the UFCW’s Ernie Duran.

  • reports that FamilyMart, a Japanese c-store chain that will begin opening stores in the US later this year, says that it has “no intention of just making the kind of convenience stores that already exist in the U,” and that its offering will include 140 original food SKUs that include boxed meals and sushi.

    The company hopes to have 200 outlets open by 2009, mostly on the west coast.

  • In the UK, where two people were found guilty in 1997 of libeling McDonald’s because they passed out leaflets questioning its policies and practices – in a case that went on for more than 300 days – the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the guilty parties were not given adequate legal aid, and overturned their convictions.

    McDonald’s did not comment on the ruling.

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