By Nick Longworth
Source: FOX 9 Minnesota

Claiming a lack of protections since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as they “kept Minnesotans fed,” more than 3,000 grocery store workers declared their intent to hold a vote to strike on Tuesday.

United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) workers who are United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 663 members made the announcement via a Zoom press conference Monday, claiming employee members have been working without a union contract since March 4.

“We’ve been bargaining for the better part of three months now. We’ve been trying to fight for better wages and protection for our workers, and they don’t seem to be budging,” said Lauren Booth, a dairy frozen manager for Cub Foods, on Monday. “They want to stick us with 2018 wages, when everything is a lot more expensive due to inflation.”

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