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The Chicago Sun-Times reports this morning that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Safeway’s Dominick’s division are negotiating a new contract – the first time the two sides have sat down at the bargaining table in almost three years.

Safeway CEO Steve Burd said he expected some sort of resolution by the end of October.

The more than 8,000 employees represented by the UFCW have been working under a contract extension. Safeway, frustrated by its dealing with the union, tried unsuccessfully to sell the division several years ago.
KC's View:
Safeway kept blaming Dominick’s problems on organized labor, refusing to accept the possibility that its own marketing and merchandising missteps had anything to do with customers abandoning the chain in droves.

We hope that the two sides can agree that there is ore than enough blame to go around, and that it is worth trying to figure out how to fixed the damned thing rather than who gets the blame for ruining it.