Zero progress evident in grocery-worker negotiations

In early May, it looked like a strike against King Soopers, Safeway and Albertsons by union employees was a real possibility. Since then, however, the situation has dragged out and out and out, with continued extensions creating little pressure on either side to get something done. Earlier this month, the chains and labor reps agreed to push the contract deadline to September 12. And while talks are underway on the Western Slope, where workers don't think it's fair that they're paid $1-per-hour less than their Eastern Slope colleagues, the closest thing to an action alert from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local No. 7 about the aforementioned stalemate is a tweet earlier this morning linked to recommended points customers can make if they write letters to company CEOs.

Have both sides simply decided to wait until the recession is over to resolve their disputes? Seems like it at this point.

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