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Acme Markets and its unionized workers in Southeastern Pennsylvania said yesterday that they would continue negotiating through at least Monday, temporarily averting a work stoppage at 41 stores staffed by 4,500 employees.

Acme has said that it has made its last, best offer, but the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local has said that the offer isn’t good enough because it would leave thousands of employees without health insurance.

It is reported that if no agreement is reached by Wednesday, union members will be asked to consider a work stoppage – which is legally distinct from a strike since employees will maintain that they have been locked out by Acme because it has taken a take-it-or-leave-it position.
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