While a tentative agreement has been reached with Safeway, Giant "refuses to budge," reports UFCW Local 400. "After more than a month of negotiations, after extending our current union contract, and with the holiday season rapidly approaching, Giant continues to refuse to agree to a similar fair deal," Local 400 reported yesterday. With the contract extension expiring this Friday, "all options (are) on the table," leading into the holidays, says Local 400, which began preparations for a possible strike. "We are ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract and we will continue to stand together and fight until we all get the agreement we deserve." Meanwhile, the Safeway contract will be voted on this Wednesday.