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   Arizona Kroger, Safeway Workers Set Strike Deadline
by Lisa Baertlein, Reuters
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 11:54AM EST

LOS ANGELES, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Union workers at Arizona grocery stores operated by Kroger Co (KR.N) and Safeway Inc (SWY.N) set a Friday evening strike deadline if a contract agreement is not reached, a union spokesman said on Wednesday.

Some 25,000 workers at Fry's and Safeway supermarkets around the state could walk off the job on Friday at 6 p.m. (0100 GMT Saturday) if salary and benefit terms are not reached, union spokesman Bob Grossfeld said.

Safeway and Fry's signed a mutual lockout agreement in the event the union calls a strike at only one of the companies, according to an article in the Arizona Republic.

The agreement calls for the nonstriking company to lock out its union workers if a strike is called against the other.

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