Labor officials said they're closing in on a new contract with Safeway Inc. after nearly a year of negotiations.
The United Food and Commercial Workers bargaining unit in San Jose, Local 5, said on its website that it made "significant progress toward a new contract" after negotiations with Safeway last Friday and Saturday.
More talks were set for today.
Officials with Safeway weren't immediately available for comment.
A deal with Safeway would leave only one of Northern California's three unionized grocery chains without a contract: Raley's.
The UFCW finalized a contract with Save Mart Supermarkets two weeks ago.
The three chains have been demanding cost savings from the UFCW as they try to regain market share from non-union stores like Wal-Mart. The Save Mart contract includes wage and benefit concessions.
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