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Safeway, workers agree to continue labor talks

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DENVER, COLORADO (AP) -- With its Colorado employees on the verge of a strike, Safeway says it has agreed to resume negotiations with union workers.

The labor contract expired last night. And without a new labor agreement workers were planning to walk off their jobs as soon as Monday.

But now, the chain says the expired contract will be extended on a day-to-day basis until the end of this month while negotiations continue. Safeway says either side can terminate the temporary agreement with 24-hour written notice.

The grocery chain says it remains committed to negotiations "which recognize the realities of the current economy and the highly competitive retail food market in Colorado."

Both sides are tussling over wages and pension benefits.

The union represents about 17,000 workers at Safeway, King Soopers and Albertsons.

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