DENVER – Members of UFCW Local 7 who work at King Soopers stores in Colorado voted to authorize a strike if the union and stores are unable to come to an agreement.
A statement from the union said it is “prepared and ready to strike.”
“We are dedicated to keeping King Soopers and City Market the best place to work and shop, but we can’t do that without a partnership with the Company,” Local 7 President Kim Cordova said in a statement.
More than 12,000 workers represented by the union work at 109 King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado. Kroger owns both chains.
Their contract with the stores expired on January 12, and the two sides have been negotiating since mid-December.
Local 7 says it is asking for more full-time jobs and first-day sick pay and access to healthcare. A strike date has not been set, but the authorization means the union can call for a strike at any moment.