Union, Kroger still talking

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

With the deadline looming a Colorado union and grocery workers still haven't agreed to a new contract – but this morning they may be getting closer.

A union representing grocery workers at King Soopers stores in Colorado has asked the chain for another contract extension, with the sides still disagreeing on pension benefits and wages.

The company continues to come back to the table and slash benefits by 50 to 60 percent. And as far as the health services go, the numbers they have given us guarantee an increase in premiums and a decrease in benefits.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 says it asked for an unconditional 10–week extension, beyond an extension that expires Saturday.

King Soopers, owned by Cincinnati–based Kroger Company proposed an extension until June 15.

The chain could impose a lockout with 24 hours notice.

The Union didn't immediately accept.

The Union represents about 17,000 grocery workers at King Soopers, City Market, Safeway and Albertsons whose contracts expired May 9.
Safeway agreed to another extension until June 15.

Albertsons workers don't have a contract.

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