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The Seattle Times reports that "a Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday approved Haggen’s plan to speedily liquidate or sell the bulk of its stores, ruling that store closing sales are in the best interest of the ailing company and its creditors.

"The move came despite objections by a union representing most Haggen workers, which argued that the sale process was moving ahead too fast. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) had said that dooming the stores with liquidation sales before thoroughly marketing them around as going concerns was 'putting the cart before the horse'."

The story says that part of the UFCW's problem with the decision is that while Gelson's, which is buying some stores, has said it will respect the terms of existing employees' union-negotiated contracts, another buyer, Smart & Final, has made no such commitment.
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