By Ellie Sullum
Source: 303 Magazine
Today at 5 a.m., more than 8,000 King Soopers union workers went on strike across nearly 80 stores in the Denver Metro Area. The strike comes after months of unsuccessful negotiations between United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 7 and Kroger-owned King Soopers. Union worker contracts expired at 11:59 p.m. on January 8. Union workers and King Soopers were unable to reach a new contract agreement before the deadline.
A week prior, frustrated with lack of progress during negotiations, unionized stores throughout Colorado held a vote to strike against alleged unfair labor practices. Union workers voted overwhelmingly in favor.
With both parties unable to reach an agreement before the set strike date, union workers across the Denver Metro Area are on strike, fighting for union contract proposals regarding workplace safety and fair labor practices.