Hannaford contract talks to continue

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Union employees at the Hannaford Bros. distribution center on Hemco Road are continuing negotiations with the  supermarket chain following a 24-hour strike last week.

About 200 employees went on strike Feb. 21 to draw attention to their contract dispute.

Jim Carvalho, political director for Local 1445 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, said meetings occurred Monday and Tuesday, with another scheduled next week. He said there is no plan for another strike before the next meeting.

Carvalho said the two main unresolved issues are the rising cost of health care and the company’s decision to reduce starting wages for new employees. The union rejected the company’s final contract proposal Feb. 17, and authorized a strike if negotiations did not continue.

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