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  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports that union activists protested outside 38 Northern California Safeway stores last week, looking to rally support for employees engaged in labor negotiations with the retailer. The union asked shoppers to sign cards pledging to support the workers in the event of a boycott or strike.

    Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling described the effort as not helpful, as well as "inaccurate and misleading.''

    The contract between the two sides in Northern California expired on September 11, but have been extended as the two sides continue talking.

  • The Associated Press reports the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has reached a tentative agreement with Kroger, covering 12 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. Terms of the deal were not announced; the workers are expected to vote on the contract today.

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