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Despite Talks, Grocery Strike Not Likely to End Soon

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By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Though labor and management have agreed to mediation to resolve the nearly-three-week-old St. Louis-area grocery strike, an end to it is not likely to come this weekend.

Federal mediators have offered help to end the strike, but have urged grocery store and union officials not to talk to the media.

John Arnold, a spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, would not say how long talks could take, but did say the St. Louis strike is not out of the ordinary.

"Typically, we get involved in the toughest labor negotiations around the country," Arnold said. "This is very typical of the kinds of situations we become involved in."

Arnold says the discussions are voluntary, and do not involve binding arbitration.

Neither store or union officials would say when or where the talks will take place.

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