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Union members strike, while some choose to work I FOX31 Denver

DENVER (KDVR) – King Soopers union workers went on strike all day Monday, demanding fair treatment, more money, healthcare benefits, etc. The first day of the strike went on as normal. However, FOX31 was alerted to a number of cases where shoppers were whistled by workers for crossing the line.

Loud chants and horns were heard at and near King Soopers in the Denver subway, with some union workers standing outside for eight hours to hear their voices. Union President Kim Cordova was outside with members early in the morning at 5am

“The workers are going crazy and they feel betrayed by their company,” says Cordova.

Workers pave the streets, sidewalks and back store entrances contract negotiations failure between unions and grocers.

“They can hire people for $18, but they won’t pay us $18,” a union member who was picnicking outside told FOX31. Another member said, “I work hard, I come early, I stay late, I work as hard as I can for these people, but I just feel like I’m walking away.”

The first day of the strike appeared to have hit business, barring some shoppers from reaching King Soopers. The grocery car park on Krameria Street is almost empty, while the Safeway parking lot just across the street is always busy and packed.

A shopper at King Soopers was loading groceries into his car and told FOX31 he was shopping for a friend, who was too scared to go inside.

Although thousands of people are expected to go on strike, some union workers have taken their stand, deciding not to strike. One of those members was Robert Tabacchi.

“I completely disagree with the strike. Please stop this,” Tabacchi exclaimed.

Tabacchi has been a union member for 12 years at the grocery store and on Monday decided to jump the fence to wait. He did not join the strike because he said he disagreed with the union’s approach, sending a message to 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.

He said he agreed that King Soopers could do better, but that could only happen if the union came to the table and negotiated, rather than stoned. Tabacchi said he’s not sure what Cordova’s agenda is, but believes she’s misleading members and putting pressure on her.

As of Wednesday night, a contractual agreement has yet to be reached between King Soopers and the union, meaning the strike will continue. If no agreement is reached, the strike could last until February.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/union-members-strike-while-some-choose-to-work/ Union members strike, while some choose to work I FOX31 Denver

Tom Vazquez

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