Unionized City Market workers in Grand Junction voted down a contract proposal from the grocery chain Thursday.
Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 tell 11 News 96 percent of clerks and 100 percent of meat workers voted in favor of continuing negotiations with City Market over worker salaries, benefits, and pensions.
The union and company have been negotiating new contracts for weeks, as those workers current contracts expired in May. Officials say they hope the vote will urge City Market to come back to the table and renegotiate those contracts and work things out soon.
They add that by no means is Thursday's vote a sign that workers will strike.
Grand Junction Safeway workers, whose contracts expire June 26, are slated to vote on similar proposals Friday.