Union Leaders, Raley's Management Resume Talks

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Union leaders and management officials for Northern California-based Raley's are back at the bargaining table in a last-ditch effort to avoid what would be the first strike in the chain's 77-year history.

Officials on both sides haven't released any details of Saturday's talks, except to say bargaining resumed - with the help of a federal mediator - at 9:30 a.m.

If labor leaders and the chain's managers don't reach an agreement by midnight, union workers at the grocer's 128 stores in Northern California and Nevada could walk off the job.

Both sides are at odds over a proposed wage freeze, elimination of premium pay for Sunday shifts and health care benefits.

Raley's management had threatened to impose a contract with its terms on Thursday, but when a federal mediator became involved in the talks, the company said it would hold off until midnight Saturday.