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The Sacramento Bee reports that in Northern California, unionized employees of save Mart Supermarkets are returning to the polls this week to re-vote on a contract that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) says is "distasteful," but necessary if the retailer is to survive.

The employees rejected the contract offer earlier this summer, even though their counterparts in the Central Valley approved it. The UFCW has said that if the union does not make certain concessions, Save Mart will be in the position that it will have to close stores, which will result in the loss of jobs.

The Central Valley employees do not have to vote because of their prior approval. The ballots are scheduled to be counted tomorrow.
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