Grocery workers could hit the picket lines Monday

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

SEATTLE - Negotiations are continuing, but a UFCW spokesman says unless a settlement is reached by 7 p.m. Monday, 21,000 grocery workers will strike.

The stores under the strike alert include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) spokesman Tom Geiger told a Friday night news conference that negotiations continue. He says unresolved issues include wages, holiday pay and health benefits. The spokesman says he hopes for "a big turnaround" and acceptable proposals.
   
Allied Employers Vice President Scott Powers is the employers' lead negotiator.
   
In a statement, he said "the only way to work through the remaining issues is at the bargaining table." He said the companies remain committed to reaching an agreement that is good for both sides.

The union planned to kick off a food donation drive at Westlake Center Saturday night to support striking grocery workers.
   
The last area grocery strike was in 1989 and lasted nearly three months.

See an interactive map of alternative grocery stores by city.


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