GJ grocery workers reject contract proposals; Safeway workers vote to authorize strike

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

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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  • by nb Location: Mesa County on Dec 15, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    We wish we made 20 bucks an hour. My husband has worked for City Market for 23 years and is still part time making 14.50 an hour. This is ok considering we pay less for Insurance. Which will now also be reduced and his pension taken after 23 yrs of service. We are greatful for his job but believe in a grocery industry who makes BILLIONS and after 23 yrs of service, he should at least be eligible for some kind of a raise and $.25 over the next 5yrs seems a bit small.
  • by TL Location: Mesa County on Sep 28, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    Go ahead and strike. I will be first in line for your 20 bucks a hour job. You guys just dont get it. Times are hard and we all have to make cuts.
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