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Update: strike averted

Health insurance key issue for Smith’s, Safeway employees

UPDATE: According to sources at Smith's and Safeway stores, an agreement has been reached and there will be no strike today.* * * *If you head over to Smith's or to one of Kingman's two Safeway stores tonight, don't be surprised to see a picket line in front of the building.That's because 6 p.m. marks the deadline for management to reach a contract agreement with United Food & Commercial Local 99, the union representing workers of both grocery chains in Arizona.