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KING SOOPERS STRIKE: Union rejects ‘Last, Best and Final Offer’ from King Soopers

DENVER (KDVR) — The latest proposal from King Soopers to United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 has been rejected, according to union president Kim Cordova.

After back-and-forth negotiations between the two parties, they are deadlocked and UFCW King Soopers employees will begin a strike at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

The King Soopers proposal, referred to as the “last, best, and final bid” presented on Tuesday morning, put a $170 million investment over the next three years including wage investments as well as certification bonuses for all partners on the table.

Cordova’s response to the company’s offer was:

“The company’s latest, best, and final presentation is, in many ways, worse than its previous offerings. Although King Soopers provided certain information at around 5:30 p.m. last night, it failed to respond to requests and critical data regarding wages, health and safety issues central to the These negotiations.It is clear that King Soopers/City Market will not voluntarily meet the needs of our workers, despite our repeated pleas for the company to listen to the voices of our members.We went on strike because it became clear that this was the only way to get what was fair and equitable for the grocery workers who risked their lives Every day just by coming to work during the pandemic.

“We will continue to fight relentlessly for our members. We are preparing for the strike that will begin in the Denver metropolitan area tomorrow morning at 5 AM.”

King Soopers said the offer they made to the union was unprecedented and that the company had exhausted all its efforts but could not reach an agreement when the union was not willing to “engage, meet or speak with the company”.

“We put all the money on the table,” said Joe Kelly, president of King Soopers/City Market. “everyone
Employees will benefit from this offer, with more cash in their pockets, and industry-leading healthcare
A pension upon retirement. We respect our partners’ right to choose the best for them
and their families and hope that UFCW Local 7 will do the same.”

The previous offer from King Soopers was a package that included wage and signing bonus investments of more than $148 million over the next three years. The company increased the package by $22 million, but the union said the new offer contained “unacceptable and insulting proposals.”

Union branches in Denver and Colorado Springs voted two weeks ago to go ahead with a strike as employees were staunchly in favor. Cordova asserts that employees are dealing with unfair labor practices and the company has prevented them from obtaining a new contract.

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