Colorado grocery workers have "overwhelmingly" voted to reject new contract proposals from Safeway and King Soopers / City Market stores, and Safeway employees have reauthorized a strike.
Tuesday, unionized employees of the two stores in the Montrose area capped off a two week vote by members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union statewide.
Union officials say this strike vote has now been sanctioned by UFCW International in Washington DC and workers are ready to strike if the corporation does not offer a contract proposal with better wages and pension packages.
The union tells 11 News, however, it's hopeful the grocery chain will come back to the bargaining table and both sides can reach a deal without a strike taking place.
Safeway spokesperson Kris Staaf says the chain is disappointed by the vote and is reviewing its options. The company has been collecting applications for temporary employees since May in case of a labor dispute.
City Market / King Soopers workers chose only to vote on whether to accept their company's proposal, not to authorize a strike.
Albertsons workers are still in negotiations and did not participate in this vote.