Washington grocery workers vote to authorize strike

Washington grocery workers vote to authorize strike

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Washington grocery workers vote to authorize strike

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 10:16 AM

Union leaders announced Thursday that 30,000 local grocery workers voted to authorize a strike. That could begin as early as Sunday.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union rejected a final offer from Allied Employers, which represents QFC, Safeway, Albertson's, and Fred Meyer stores. The vote was 98 percent in favor of a strike.

The union says it will now go back to the stores to negotiate one more time. If those talks fail, picketing would begin 72 hours later.

Employee health care is one of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations.

The union has not had a work stoppage since 1989.

The Teamsters, all 161 one of them, also voted unanimously to reject the latest offer by dairy giant Darigold.  However, Teamsters leadership said they have no date for a strike. Lamb and others expressed concern over the company's offer on health care. Leaders also claim that Darigold was threatening to lock out workers unless they agreed to a new deal.

"Those claims are unfounded and untrue," said Darigold Vice President Steve Rowe. 

 

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