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California Safeway workers approve contract

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Union employees in the Bay Area and Northern California have approved a four-year contract with the Safeway supermarket chain.

Workers for the United Food and Commercial Workers union approved a contract that—according to a statement—provides “the largest across the board wage increases in the history of Northern California grocery industry contracts.”

The contract affects more than 25,000 union workers employed at 300 Vons and Safeway supermarkets. In a statement, UFCW leaders lauded the new contract for its wage increases and benefits and said that, “it bucks the national trend in which employers are cutting benefits and shifting the costs of healthy care on to employees.”

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Sam’s Club to offer wellness demos

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sam’s Club announced today that it will be offering its members health and wellness demonstrations to help them start the new year on a healthy footing.

On Jan. 5, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2008, Sam’s Club members and guests will receive free samples and demonstrations on setting realistic goals for improving their health. According to Sam’s Club, the demonstrations will highlight key products and healthy food samples. Attendants will also receive copies of Resolutions to Results Magazine, which contains healthy recipes and tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions.

“Millions of Americans have a heightened awareness of their health and wellness due to increasing reports of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more,” said Mike Pitzl, director of pharmacy operations at Sam’s Club. “Sam’s Club is pleased to give local residents in the communities we serve an opportunity to improve their health through these valuable and free services.”

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Marsh presents $111,000-plus in cookbook proceeds to Christmas charity

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS WTHR-TV and Marsh Supermarkets last week presented a check for $111,412.65 to the United Christmas Service, representing proceeds from the sale of the “Sunrise Cookbook” at area Marsh and O’Malia’s stores.

The cookbook features recipes from local and national celebrities including Channel 13 Eyewitness News anchors. The book also features recipes from Indianapolis DINE magazine, area restaurants and winners of a “Sunrise Viewer Recipe Contest” held earlier in the year.

As of Dec. 19, Marsh reported selling more than 17,000 cookbooks. “When you think about the season of Christmas, this is what it is all about,” stated Frank Lazaran, president and chief executive officer of Marsh. “Giving something to families who are less fortunate and helping them provide for their kids.”

Each year, United Way of Central Indiana’s United Christmas Service helps those in need during the holiday season. Last year, more than 20,000 people received food, clothing and toys.

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