Talk Puts Strike On Hold

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"Morale is excellent here, everyone's attitude is good and it's business as usual," said Dan Dillon, manager of the Safeway store in Payson.

An expected strike Oct. 25 was put on hold when negotiators decided the issues required further discussion, according to a press release from the stores and the union Oct. 24.

The negotiations will continue between the grocery stores and the union representing their employees.

"In consideration of the interest of the employees, customers and members of Local 99, the parties have reached an agreement ... to indefinitely extend their labor agreements," according to the press release.

"Both sides have the option to give seven days notice to cancel the negotiations," said Mike Vespoli, spokesman for the union. He said the parties are looking for a date in November to return to talks.

Pete Webb, spokesman for the companies, agreed.

"The companies, Fry's and Safeway, will have some correspondence this week with the union to set a time for reopening negotiations," Webb said.

A variety of matters, including health care costs and change in pay on Sunday and for new hires, were at issue.

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