SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. District Bankruptcy Judge Michael McManus ordered Vallejo, Calif., and two labor unions into mediation, delaying a ruling on the city's bankruptcy court motion to reject its union contracts in a final effort to force the sides to come to an agreement.

McManus ordered the two sides into mediation - officially a settlement conference - with Chief Judge Elizabeth L. Perris of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, who hasn't previously been involved in the case.

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