DENVER (KDVR) – Employees of King Soopers United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 have announced a strike starting Jan. 12 for a three-week period.
The announcement comes after the company submitted a proposal to the union that included salary investments and signing bonuses of more than $ 148 million over the next three years.
The Denver and Colorado Springs union branches voted last week in favor of a strike because employees strongly supported it. Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Colorado and Wyoming Local 7 and the International Chapter, said employees faced unfair labor practices and the company prevented them from getting a new one. contract.
“King Soopers is making record profits while leaving its workers struggling with low wages. Grocers make sure our communities have access to food, but they can’t even afford to feed their own families. It is totally unfair. King Soopers chose to enrich its bottom line instead of protecting workers who risked their lives on the front lines, ”Cordova said.
Company management said the strike was based on allegations of unfair labor practices, but the company is not aware of any official wrongdoing.
“As Local 7 threatens to strike over alleged unfair labor practices, practices that are just that – alleged. King Soopers / City Market followed the law and received NO notice of wrongdoing from the National Labor Relations Board. King Soopers / City Market remains focused on the negotiation process and is committed to negotiating in good faith and concluding a contract that is good for our associates while keeping groceries affordable for our customers, ”said Joe Kelley , president of King Soopers / City Market.
The union went so far as to take legal action against the company, citing that it had violated the current collective agreement by using third-party staffing services to hire workers at its stores.
The strike will begin at 5 a.m. on Jan. 12 and last until Feb. 2, the union said.
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