A weeklong strike is underway affecting a number of Oregon grocery stores, barely a week before Christmas Day.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, representing employees at Fred Meyer and QFC stores, confirmed early Friday morning that it is moving ahead with a walkout.

The union has been in labor negotiations for months with the companies, which are subsidiaries of Kroger. Last weekend, UFCW announced its members had authorized a strike.

Adam Thompson works at the Beaverton Town Square Fred Meyer store. He joined more than a dozen workers to picket outside the store Friday morning. ”A lot of people honking and waving,” he said. “There’s a lot of people supporting us. It makes me feel like this is worth our time.”

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