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Calling Safeway’s promise to sell or close Dominick’s if the union doesn’t accede to its demands, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has called the grocery chain’s efforts part of a "a systematic campaign" to slash health benefit, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The UFCW says that Safeway is just engaging in scare tactics, and “trying to bully our membership and their employees into taking concessions, into taking cuts, with threats and intimidation.”

Safeway says that it is simply trying to reach parity with Albertsons’ Jewel operation in terms of labor costs, and that the threat is anything but idle.

And analysts seem to be divided as to whether Safeway will pull the trigger on its threat if an agreement cannot be reached with the union.
KC's View:
The general feeling on the part of MNB’s users seems to be that Safeway means what it says, and that Chicago residents might be better served by a new ownership structure at Dominick’s. At least, that seems to be the gist so far.

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