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The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday that he was willing to intervene in the almost four-month-old Southern California grocery strike, though he said he needed to be invited.

In a radio interview, Schwarzenegger said, "If they call me and ask me to intervene and to be an intermediary, I'm more than happy to do that, because I think that we need to have everyone go back to work and normalize the situation," he said.

Rick Icaza, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 in Los Angeles, reacted: "We would welcome his involvement. Hopefully that would jump-start negotiations." However, other union leaders questioned Schwarzenegger's neutrality, concerned that his pro-business approach would not serve the unions' priorities.

The chains did not comment on the possibility that the governor would get involve din the conflict, which is over compensation and health benefits issues. Formal talks have not taken place in more than a month.

In related new, The Los Angeles Times reported that the US attorney's office in Los Angeles is investigating allegations that Ralphs supermarket managers have illegally hired locked-out union workers under false names and Social Security numbers.
KC's View:
Schwarzenegger may be pro-business, but he's also a member of a union - the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). So, it'd be interesting to see what would happen if he came in and knocked some heads together.