Grocery store workers vote to authorize strike
October 1, 2013
Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties said they are prepared to go on strike, if employers don’t offer a fair proposal.
The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week and deny workers paid sick days.
Workers represented by UFCW 21, UFCW 367 and Teamsters 38 have been in contract negotiations with employers since March.
An overwhelming 98 percent of the union membership voted to authorize a strike.
“We hope the employers come to their senses and make a fair proposal that respects me and my co-workers and our families,” said Jessica Roach, a Fred Meyer employee and member of UFCW 367. “But if they force us to strike, we are ready.”
The local stores that could be affected would include the Safeway, QFC and Fred Meyer.