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The Washington Post this morning reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union is preparing for a strike against Safeway and Giant Food in the Washington, DC, area. The contract expires in 10 days.

The UFCW represents 18,000 grocery workers. The Post notes that while the UFCW traditionally has had a good relationship with management, new demands by the chains - which are looking for wage, benefit, and health care concessions - combined with the residual scars left by the four-month California grocery strike/lockout, suggest that this go-round may not be as peaceful.

The UFCW, according to the Post, is "handing out instructions for setting up picket lines, distributing the names of bail bondsmen and establishing a local strike fund." And the chains also reportedly are making plans for such an eventuality.
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