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• The Bergen Record reports that “Stop & Shop and ShopRite employees in New Jersey and New York, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1262 in Clifton, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new labor agreement, the union said Tuesday ... The new contract covers nearly 24,000 Local 1262 members at about 160 stores.”

The wage and benefits changes are retroactive to October 16, 2011, when the previous contract expired.

• The Sacramento Bee reports that in the Washington-Baltimore market, Safeway employees who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) protested “in front of three pop-up storefront hiring halls set up next to company stores to recruit and train so-called ‘replacement workers’ to staff the supermarkets in the event of a work stoppage.”

The current contract ends on March 31.
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