King Soopers strike: Workers approve ‘industry-leading’ contract

DENVER (KDVR) – King Soopers workers have approved what the union calls an “industry-leading contract” with the grocer after months of contentious negotiations and a 10-day strike.

The Local 7 Food and Commercial Workers Association called the three-year agreement “the most significant pay increase ever guaranteed by the local UFCW to grocery workers.” The union said it made sure essential workers were “respected and protected in the workplace and properly paid.”

Union workers took over and voted on the contract on Monday. According to the union, this is what the agreement covers:

  • first year salary increase for longtime employees
  • increase in wages beyond $5 per hour for some workers
  • Better health care and protected pension benefits
  • stricter safety measures in the workplace to protect employees and customers
  • New pathways to full-time employment opportunities for King Soopers and City Market employees

More than 8,000 workers at 78 stores in the Denver metro went on strike on January 12 with the aim of negotiating an “industry-first contract.” Strike ended on January 21.

Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7, issued this statement on behalf of the union:

“From the beginning of this process, we promised the members that we would get the best deal possible. We are delighted that our members voted overwhelmingly to ratify this industry-leading contract.

“Getting here is very difficult. Full credit will go to the bargaining committee and workers who have had their voices heard through bargaining, uniting, or sharing their stories with the media. This fight has always been about them, and now they have a contract they deserve and can be proud of.

“This would not have been possible without the support of our allies across Colorado and across the country. To those who have stood with our members, honored the lineup and shown solidarity, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. “

Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7

In a statement, King Soopers and City Marker President Joe Kelley said: “Our goal from day one has been to put more money into our associates’ salaries and we are delighted that our associates We in the Denver metro bargaining area voted in favor of this proposal. ”

https://kdvr.com/news/local/king-soopers-workers-ratify-new-industry-leading-contract/ King Soopers strike: Workers approve ‘industry-leading’ contract

Tom Vazquez

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