The Local 7 union of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) voted Friday night to authorize a strike.
Kim Cordova, president of Local 7, said in a news release, “The hard working women and men of King Soopers and City Market are standing together for their families, their customers and their communities.”
Among the unions’ concerns were better access to sick pay and healthcare as well as more full-time workers to ensure better customer service.
The dispute between the workers and the company have been ongoing since January. Union members voted to leave a contract extension in February after the existing contract ran out in January.
The parent company of King Soopers/City Market, which is owned by grocery conglomerate Kroger, claims the contract proposal they put forward would provide significant pay raises for highly rated associates and wouldn’t add health care costs. The company also said that offer was ‘its last and best.’
Authorizing a strike does not mean one will go into effect immediately.
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