Shoppers search for alternatives as grocery strike looms

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GROCERYSEATTLE — As the clock continues to countdown on the impending grocery store strike, thousands of shoppers in Western Washington say they will choose to honor the picket lines and take their shopping dollars elsewhere.

This looming grocery store strike will affect Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertson’s and QFC stores. Over 21,000 workers in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason counties have joined together in the labor dispute.

There are a number of grocery store locations that shoppers can use as alternatives to the striking grocers. Some stores in Seattle include:

  • Central Co-Op (Capitol Hill)
  • Don & Joe’s Market (Downtown)
  • Metropolitan Market (Queen Anne)
  • A & J Meats (Queen Anne)
  • PCC (Fremont)
  • Uwaqjimaya (International District)

For a complete list of stores with workers who will not head to the picket lines, visit

The Strike was slated to begin at 7 p.m. Monday night. The last grocery strike in the Seattle area was in 1989 and last 81 days.

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  • glitchus

    Here's some interesting stuff I've unearthed: Evidently these UFCW leaders are quite handsomely paid,… $500,000 plus untold benefits is pretty nice, it just doesn't quite square with the narrative. Then there's the actual reason for the strike,…. Evidently "Obamacare" has added an excessive tax burden to the companies generous employee health care plans and [Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Albertson’s say they will offer health insurance only to employees working more than 30 hours a week, which is required by Obamacare. Under the current contract, workers are covered if they work at least 16 hours a week.] It took me just a few minutes to find this stuff after eating breakfast. How hard is it to present a balanced and informative story? Instead we just get some lame pro union blurbs…pathetic.

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