Time for Safeway's Burd to Fly Away?

The grocery chain's CEO has led the bitter battle with striking workers. Even if he wins the fight, the fallout could make him the ultimate loser

For the last four months, three national supermarket chains -- Safeway (SWY ), Albertson's (ABS ), and Kroger (KR ) -- have been locked in a showdown with 71,000 unionized workers in Southern California. But as the strike that began on Oct. 11 drags on, it's beginning to look as if the industry's aggressive stance could backfire: It has prompted calls for the ouster of Safeway CEO Steven A. Burd, who has led the campaign on behalf of the three outfits.

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