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• The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 has filed charges against Safeway, Supervalu, and Kroger, alleging that the three retailers are not negotiating in good faith. The unionized employees have been working under a contract extension since last February, but collective bargaining has not yet led to a new deal.

• Springfield, Massachusetts-based Big Y announced that it has named online institution Excelsior College to be a “preferred educational provider,” and committed itself to contribute up to $2,000 toward the continuing education of each full-time employee, and $1,000 a year for part-timers.

• The Boston Globe reports that Greenpeace is charging that Anheuser-Busch is using experimental, genetically engineered rice to make its Budweiser beer. A-B, on the other hand, said that the rice it uses is approved for human consumption and completely legal.

• Starbucks has recalled some 250,000 plastic children’s cups because it has received reports that they were breakable and that children have choked on the broken pieces. The cups were made in China.
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