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PENN TRAFFIC WORKERS OK PACT

Regional grocer The Penn Traffic Co. and Teamsters Local 317 have settled on new three-year contracts for 150 drivers and 275 warehouse and maintenance workers, the company announced.

Terms of the contracts were not revealed. However, Teamsters Local 317 President Gary Starring said Friday union members were pleased with deal.

It was a far more positive outcome than the last time Penn Traffic and the union negotiated contracts. In 1996, the union agreed to $10 million in concessions on a five-year contract with the then-struggling Penn Traffic.

Since then, Penn Traffic has gone through hard times, culminating in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from which it emerged in 1999 under new ownership.

Penn Traffic owns and operates 220 supermarkets in upstate New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire under the Big Bear, Big Bear Plus, Bi-Lo, Quality, and P&C names. It also operates wholesale food distribution businesses serving 83 licensed franchises and 77 independent operators.

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