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Crain’s New York Business reports that more than 16,000 unionized employees at more than 150 supermarkets in the New York City area are threatening a strike as soon as June 26 if a new contract is not reached with Stop & Shop, Pathmark and King Kullen.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) charges that the three chains want to cut health benefits and pensions while freezing ages, and that continuing to insist on “historic concessions” will lead to the first supermarket strike in NYC in more than three decades.

Crain’s reports that “the three companies are bargaining together on most of the major economic issues, though they will all need to hammer out separate deals. Negotiations started several weeks ago, but union officials say little progress has been made ... Officials from the three supermarket chains did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”
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