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Grocery workers ready to strike

grocery strikeSEATTLE — Union workers at area Safeway, QFC, Albertsons and Fred Meyer grocery stores announced they are ready to strike after failing to come to an agreement in contract negotiations that have been going on since March.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 said that after three days of bargaining, an unanimous vote was reached to recommend a strike authorization vote that will take place Sunday through Wednesday.

The union said that was is at issue is that employers will not provide health care coverage to employees working less than 30 hours a week, time-and-a-half pay for holidays is not offered, there is not a 10-cent above minimum wage guarantee and there is no wage increase in the contract.

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8 comments

  • Xuven

    Attention unions…..welcome to the real world….. Just be glad you even have a job…. It is time for the workers and unions that represent them to leave the make believe world you all have lived in for so long and accept the fact that even though you hate and despise business and every thing it represents, and don't think that any business should make a profit…. most people in the real world do think and understand that businesses need to make money. Finally people are getting very tired of unions always saying we want more.. When there are tens of thousands of people out of work that would take your job in a second, and you may find yourselves out of a job, because people nowadays will cross you picket line

  • ALR55

    I work for one of these companies and I can tell you it is not about wanting more. It is about keeping what little we have left. Contract after contract the company has removed items from the contract and employees have conceded in a move of compromise. At some point it becomes too much and the companies must give a little as well.
    Of course we are all for companies making profit and I can assure you all of the major grocery chains are making a profit.
    Hopefully all ends well because no one wins in these situations.

  • guest

    ALR55, most of these people don't get that ya'll don't want more, you just want what you have, and that isn't much. I saw the new contract they are trying to get ya'll to accept and they are cutting way more than they tried to 3 yrs ago. I have a dear friend who works for fred meyer, and shes pregnant and now they want to take health insurance??? and that's just a fraction of what they are trying to take from ya"ll. don't let the ignorant people, who have no idea what all this is about, get to you. they are just worried they wont get a turkey for thanksgiving, and don't care that you stand to loose a hell of a lot more!

  • guest

    as for business needing to make a profit………..seriously? they make billions! they are not hurting at all, and never have been! id love to see how many opinions change if basic things were being taken from everyone……it would be a whole different story

  • Michelle

    I work for Fry's Food in Az. that is a sister store to the Fred Meyers. We did not have to almost do a strike this contract because they went to negotiations early & came up with a decent contract that helped both out. We almost did a strike with the contract before & it got real close but didn't happen thank God. That is why they went to negotiations early this past year. I pray that they will not have to strike. Hang n there ya'll, my thoughts & prayers are with ya! Take care & God Bless


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