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The Denver Post reports that contract negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and the area’s three major supermarket chains – King Soopers, Safeway and Albertsons – are currently focused on pension and benefits cuts proposed by the chains.

The chains are arguing that they need pension and benefits cuts because of the economic recession that is putting pressure on their operations; the union says that it is not fair to ask workers to take cuts when profits actually are increasing.

The existing five-year contract expires next month.

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