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• The Arizona Republic reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is trying to stop Tesco from selling alcohol in any of the Fresh & Easy neighborhood Markets that the UK-based retailer plans to begin opening later this year. According to the paper, the UFCW has said that it “is responsible for mailing and dropping off anonymous fliers to Valley homes last weekend that ask residents to protest Tesco's applications for liquor licenses for most of the 20 Fresh & Easy stores it plans to open around the Valley.” The flier, according to the paper, “points out that Tesco stores in Britain have been caught selling alcohol to underage teens, a move that, the union says, makes it an undesirable retailer for the Valley. It asks residents to write to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, but the fliers don't say who is behind the campaign.”

The Republic notes that “the fliers are part of a larger strategy to persuade Tesco to take part in union negotiations by stunting its launch in the U.S., said Mike Vespoli, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99.” Vespoli says that it is the UFCW’s intention “to challenge (Tesco) every step of the way."
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