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The Associated Press reports that "workers at one of Northern California's largest supermarket chains are moving closer to a possible strike after the supermarket declared an impasse in talks over a new contract. Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents the majority of Raley's supermarkets' 7,750 unionized workers, has already authorized a strike. Local 8 of the Food and Commercial Workers union plans to hold a strike authorization vote soon.

"Officials at Local 8 said they decided to seek the vote after Raley's declared an impasse Friday following months of talks over a new contract."

According to the AP, "Raley's spokesman John Segale said the two sides were in a stalemate after union officials refused to recognize the company's financial challenges and proposed changes that would increase operating costs."
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