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COOLING-OFF PERIOD ENDS BETWEEN LUCKY STORES AND TEAMSTERS; UNION FAILS TO ADDRESS COMPETITIVE PARITY ISSUE

 COOLING-OFF PERIOD ENDS BETWEEN LUCKY STORES AND TEAMSTERS;
 UNION FAILS TO ADDRESS COMPETITIVE PARITY ISSUE
 SAN RAMON, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by the Food Employers Council today:
 A recent two-week cooling-off period, which began Oct. 7, by mutual agreement between Lucky Stores and four Northern California Teamster locals, has failed to break the current impasse in the Lucky Stores and Teamsters Union negotiations.
 Lucky Stores agreed to the two-week 'cooling-off period' in hopes that the Teamster's negotiating committee would come back to the bargaining table with proposals that would finally recognize the company's need to achieve parity with other Northern California competitors. Unfortunately, this did not occur. The Teamster's offered no significant movement toward reducing the annual 11-million-dollar difference in labor costs that presently exists between Teamster Workers at Lucky Stores and that of its major competitor, SDMI/Safeway.
 "Lucky Stores has been consistent, at the negotiating table, in its demand that 'competitive parity' be addressed," said Dave Cox, executive director of the Food Employers Council, the negotiating representative for Luck Stores. "In eight months of talks with Teamster's officials, they still have not acknowledged, in any meaningful way, this employer's need for competitive parity. And, we have yet to hear a satisfactory answer to the question of why they are unwilling to address this issue at the bargaining table," Cox added.
 On Sept. 28, Lucky Stores declared an impasse in negotiations and announced that it would begin implementing certain portions of its last contract offer to the Teamsters. By agreement, the contract implementation by Lucky Stores was postponed and the Teamster's boycott activity was suspended to allow for discussion to take place. The cooling-off period ended Sunday, Oct. 25. Lucky intends to proceed with the implementation of the previously announced contract provisions, which will begin to close the economic gap that exists between Lucky and its major Northern California competitors.
 The contract for some 1,200 Lucky Stores warehousemen and drivers, in San Leandro, Vacaville and Sacramento, expired on May 1. Lucky Stores Northern California Division is based in San Leandro and operates 188 stores.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Murray, spokesman for the Food Employers Council, 510-932-6050/ CO: Food Employers Council; Lucky Stores; Teamsters Union ST: California IN: FOD REA SU:


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