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The Los Angeles Times reports that “as labor talks between union officials and Southern California’s three leading unionized grocery chains have slowed to a crawl, the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been contacted and a mediator is being brought in to meet with both sides in the coming weeks.”

No word on which side reached out for mediation.

Last week, unionized employees at Safeway-owned Vons, Kroger-owned Ralphs and Supervalu-owned Albertsons voted overwhelmingly to allow union leaders to authorize a strike in the event that negotiations with management cannot be successfully concluded. The labor contract that was reached in 2007 expired March 6 and is being extended day to day.
KC's View:
Hopefully, sane heads will prevail here. I’d like to think that the two sides will realize that it does not make sense to collectively go over a cliff - that it would be bad for the chains and bad for the employees.