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A strike of supermarket workers in Northern California still is possible, despite a settlement between management and a big Sacramento local, union leaders say. Phil Tucker, a spokesman for 11 locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in the Bay Area and in the Central Valley, said: “We’re no closer to a contract than we were a week ago. There is a negotiated settlement that is going to be recommended to the Sacramento membership, but there are still 30,000 workers who could go out on strike if we don’t reach a settlement.” Local 588, representing about 9,700 workers, reached a tentative agreement with management, calling for wage increases, bonuses for all employees and increased benefits. President Jack Loveall was cautiously optimistic that Local 588’s pact would serve as a model for other UFCW negotiations. But Tucker said, “We still have many hurdles to overcome.”


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