A strike by cashiers and clerks at Acme supermarkets in southern New Jersey was avoided Saturday, although the supermarket chain and the union representing the workers had still not agreed on a new contract by Friday night, a union spokesman said.

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Bob Wolper, speaking on behalf of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1360, said Saturday that talks may continue as soon as Monday.

About 2,400 members of Local 1360 — working at Acme stores in Cumberland, Burlington, Salem, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey, and in lower Bucks County, Pa. — are threatening to strike before Thanksgiving if a contract cannot be worked out with their employer. The union, based in Berlin Township, Camden County, says health care benefits and salaries are major issues. Workers have gone without a new five-year contract since April.

Acme’s parent company, Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., says it wants a “mutually beneficial contract” and to avoid a strike.

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