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  • The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that unionized employees at Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger’s King Soopers have rejected a contract offer made by the three chains. The sticking point seems to be health care costs, which the chains want to reduce under a new contract.

    The labor contract between the two sides expired September 11, but has been extended to October 16.

  • The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced that Raley’s has been awarded the 2004 Maximizing People Potential Award for the company’s comprehensive “Store Director Readiness Program.” The award is presented annually to a retailer or wholesaler that develops an initiative that improves the performance of employees or leads to achievement of a key business goal.

  • 7-Eleven reportedly has reached an agreement with the California Attorney General's Office and Monterey and San Joaquin counties that will have the c-store company paying $5 million in damages and spending $10 million to improve its gasoline storage tanks. The case was related to a 2002 explosion at one of its California gas stations, which resulted in an investigation that revealed numerous problems in 7-Eleven’s fuel operations.

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