Unionized grocery workers in Grand Junction have "overwhelmingly" voted to reject the latest contract offers from Safeway and City Market.
Employees at local Safeway and City Market stores participated in Monday's vote.
City Market workers were only voting on whether or not to accept the company's latest offer. Safeway workers were voting on whether to accept the contract proposal or authorize a strike.
Union officials say Grand Junction Safeway workers did vote to authorize a strike, but it may still be a while before an actual strike would take place. They say two-thirds of the statewide membership would have to vote in favor of authorizing a strike in order for it to go through, and statewide voting on the issue continues through Oct. 6.
Union officials say they remain optimistic that Safeway can come back to the table with a new proposal both sides will agree on before a strike will happen.
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