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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some 400 “unionized workers who clean about 200 Safeway supermarkets in Northern California for four janitorial contracting firms staged a brief work stoppage Wednesday amid negotiations to renew a contract that expired at the end of October.”

The paper notes that Local 1877 of SEIU United Service Workers West is handling the negotiations for the renewal of a contract originally agreed to in 2006. The union says that the four contracting firms want to cut beginning wages and change health care contribution levels.
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