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WASHINGTON - The director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) will mediate a resumption of negotiations this Friday in the Southern California grocery strike and lockout after both sides agreed to return to the bargaining table.
Peter J. Hurtgen asked representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the supermarket chains -- Ralph's, Vons and Albertsons -- to resume face-to-face negotiations following a recess that began Dec. 8. The parties were last at the bargaining table on Dec. 7.
"Our goal in the mediation process is to build understanding and to move the parties toward an agreement," Hurtgen said. "In this case, we are dealing with particularly difficult issues."