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The Sacramento Bee reports that "Save Mart Supermarkets' labor union has given final ratification to a new cost-saving contract with the Modesto grocery chain.

"Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers announced that its executive board ratified the Save Mart contract late Monday. The San Jose local was the last of the three bargaining units to fall in line. Members of the local actually rejected the contract last week, for the second time in a month.

"But the 52-48 margin wasn't enough to authorize a strike, so the board took matters into its own hands. Invoking a union rule, the board ratified the contract itself."
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