Union staff with King Soopers and City Market will finish voting Friday night time in an election that may determine in the event that they settle for a brand new contract from the Denver-based mostly grocery chain or authorize a strike.
Staff represented by the United Food and Business Staff Local 7 union began casting the votes within the contract dispute with King Soopers/Metropolis Market on Thursday morning. The ultimate of six voting periods was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
Turnout for voting has been robust and last outcomes are expected to be recognized after 10 p.m. Friday, UFCW spokesman Evan Yeats stated.
The UFCW Native 7 represents 12,000 of King Soopers and Metropolis Market’s 23,000 staff. The union has bashed the corporate and its contract proposals since members voted to opt out of a temporary contract extension with the corporate last month. The prevailing contract between the 2 sides ran out in January. Points raised by the UFCW since have included a scarcity of across-the-board pay raises included in firm proposals and alleged increases to employee well being care costs.
King Soopers/City Market, an area subsidiary of Ohio-based mostly grocery big Kroger, has pushed back, saying the contract proposal it put forth last week would offer vital pay raises for “prime price” associates and others and wouldn’t add any costs to staff’ health benefits packages. That provide, made before the ultimate negotiation session between the two sides broke down, is the corporate’s final and greatest proposal, officers with King Soopers stated.
Based mostly on pictures of voting members posted to the UFCW Local 7 Facebook page Friday, authorizing a strike appears to be the favored choice. If voters do favor a strike, it doesn’t mean one would occur immediately, solely that staff have approved the union to pursue that course of action.
Signs advertising short-term work have been placed in lots of King Soopers shops amid the contract dispute.