Union Leaders: Safeway strike could be imminent

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) - Union officials say a strike by Colorado Safeway workers may be imminent, after recent contract negotiations with the grocery chain broke down.

Leaders from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union met with Safeway officials last week, with both sides reporting no new progress on contracts for employees.

Earlier this month, unionized Safeway workers voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations failed. Union officials say once they receive approval from the UFCW International Union, a strike can be set in motion.

Safeway has been collecting temporary employee applications since May to make sure it can staff its stores in case of a strike. Officials say they've identified thousands of qualified employees from that pool.

UFCW says the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement over pension benefits, wage increases, and health care premiums.

No new negotiation dates have been set.


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