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• In addition to the contract talks going on in Southern California, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports, “Negotiations are under way for 20,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound region with three large grocery chains ... Safeway, Kroger and SuperValu ... for better contracts. Kroger owns Fred Meyer and QFC stores, while SuperValu is the owner of Albertsons.

Safeway CEO Steve Burd has been quoted as describing the progress in the Southern California negotiations as "slow but steady,” predicting that a deal can be reached without acrimony and a strike/lockout.
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