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The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and representatives of the region's three major supermarket chains (Kroger's Ralphs, Safeway's Vons, and Albertsons) commenced yesterday, two months after the last official session failed. The negotiations are being shepherded by a federal mediator.

The parties agreed not to discuss details of the negotiations, which were held in an undisclosed location in Southern California.

The strike/lockout began October 11, affects some 70,000 employees from 852 stores, and is over compensation and health benefits issues.

Talks are expected to continue today.
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