According to UCFW Local 7, after 17 hours of negotiations with King Soopers/City Market on Jan. 4 and 5, it presented the company with an offer. UFCW Local 7 said it gave the company until midnight on Friday to accept, but the company presented its own agreement.
“After repeated attempts to bring about an end to King Soopers’ unfair labor practices, which have sought to prevent grocery workers from securing an industry-leading contract, King Soopers has left us with no choice but to call for an unfair labor practice strike," saidCordova in a press release sent to Rocky Mountain PBS. "Grocery workers ensure that our communities have access to food, but they cannot even afford to feed their own families. King Soopers has chosen to protect its bottom line, instead of protecting workers who have risked their lives every day since the start of this pandemic just by showing up to work."
UFCW Local 7 said the bargaining committee presented a proposal which would result in an industry-leading three-year contract for King Soopers and City Market workers. Some highlights include:
- Wage increases of at least $6 per hour for the first year of the agreement for all classifications
- $1.50 wage increases in years 2 and 3 of the agreement.
- A new health plan.
- Pension improvements for retirees and current workers.
- Double time for all holidays worked for all workers.
- A safety proposal, including armed security/off-duty law enforcement at all stores.
- A four-step wage progression – ensuring workers reach journeyman wages faster.
You can read more of the details here. The contracts ended the weekend of Jan. 8, although, not all contracts ended at the same time. According to The Colorado Sun, about 8,400 Colorado workers will be impacted by the strike.
Representatives for the grocery chain, the largest in Colorado and the U.S., went on to say the company hoped the union wouldn't call for a strike but added, "we will remain open so customers can have access to fresh food."