Five small bargaining units rejected King Soopers contract

By: WAYNE HEILMAN
December 17, 2009
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Five small bargaining units with 260 unionized workers at King Soopers rejected a proposed contract that all other units ratified, but no decisions have yet been made on what comes next for those workers or those at Safeway that also rejected a similar deal.

Meat department employees at King Soopers stores in Fort Collins, Greeley and Pueblo as well as clerks at King Soopers in Broomfield and City Market in Steamboat Springs all rejected the contract offer, but the company is “hoping that the union will give them the opportunity to reconsider” after a majority of 9,000 union members in other units ratified the same deal, said Diane Mulligan, a King Soopers spokeswoman in Denver. Employees in the five bargaining units continue to work under the terms of a previous contract, she said.

“We are pleased that a majority of our associates recognize the value of our offer and voted to accept it and ratify a new contract,” said King Soopers President Russ Dispense. “Our goal is to continue to provide our associates with one of the best total compensation packages in our industry and region. This agreement does that.”

Laura Chapin, a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 7 in Wheat Ridge, said Thursday that no decisions about what to do next have been made by the five bargaining units. It wasn’t clear what their options might be.

A Safeway spokeswoman said the company plans a statement Friday on the rejection of its offer.

 

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