DENVER (KDVR) – King Soopers President Joe Kelley is encouraging strike workers to have full knowledge of “Last, Best and Last” Deals which the union refused.
Local Union 7 Food and Trade Workers continued their strike against national grocers on Thursday as both sides prepare to return to the negotiating table on Sunday morning.
“Our associates deserve to know the truth about The last, the best and the last offer,” Kelly said. “UFCW continues to instill fear in the face of facts that only create uncertainty for people. Our associates deserve to have their voices heard and have the opportunity to vote on what is best for them and their families—let them vote.”
Why are both deadlocked?
The union and King Soopers clashed over contract negotiations on topics including wages, healthcare, safety and more. King Soopers provided this chart outlining the company’s offers to the union:
UFCW Local 7 workers in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas voted to go on strike against King Soopers shortly after the new year when their current contract expires on Jan.
Several proposals have been submitted to the union but each has been rejected and the union stands firm on allegations of unfair labor practices that have escalated into a union lawsuit.
An offer including salary investments and signing bonuses more than $148 million over the next three years were rejected before the current contract expired. Union officials announced their intention to strike on January 9.
The company’s latest proposal, a $170 million package that will raise wages for the next three years, including bonuses, and will invest in healthcare benefits “that will not affect existing premiums that were not approved by the union on Friday.
Supporters and opponents voice their opinions
Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young pledged to support workers at a rally held last Thursday.
“I won’t cross that picky line. I have an old King Soopers card in my wallet but I won’t join Kings until it’s a fair deal,” Young said.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser hands out chocolates to workers on a machine line.
“I’m here to support these workers, and until these workers return to fair work, I won’t be shopping at King Soopers,” Weiser said.
However, not all union workers choose to strike.
Robert Tabacchi said on day one, “I completely disagree with the strike. Please stop this. ”
As a union member for 12 years, Tabacchi decided to cross the difficult line to follow. He said he disagreed with the union’s approach, sending a message to union president Kim Cordova.
“You won’t get what you want. You are fooling them. You keep saying it’s about wages when it’s clearly not,” said Tabacchi.
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