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Tuesday, October 20, is the day that has been set for unionized grocery employees to return to the bargaining table with Denver retailers Safeway and Kroger-owned King Soopers.

The talks are the first since the employees rejected what had been called the chains’ last, best offer.

According to the story in the Denver Business Journal, “The two sides have been in talks since April about new five-year contracts, and negotiations have centered around the issues of wages, health care and pension funding. Safeway workers have voted twice to approve a strike if necessary and both grocery chains have said they have replacement work forces in place if a work stoppage were to occur.”
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