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The Sacramento Bee reports that Save Mart Supermarkets has given its unionized employees its "last, best and final" offer, which was instantly deemed by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) as "not acceptable."

The Bee says that the standoff could lead to a strike, though the UFCW says it wants to meet with Save Mart next week to make "every effort to reach a settlement."

According to the story, "With Raley's already on the brink of a walkout, the move by Save Mart intensifies the labor crisis in the Northern California supermarket industry.

"A final contract offer is an ultimatum of sorts - if the workers don't agree to the company's proposal, they have little choice but to go on strike.

"In a prepared statement, Save Mart indicated it was growing impatient with the contract negotiations."
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