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Strike at King Soopers stores imminent as wage talks with union fail
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Pay negotiations between Kroger's King Soopers grocery store and the union that represents more than 8,700 workers have failed, setting the stage for a three-week strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 from Wednesday.
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In an update livestreamed on Facebook, union president Kim Cordova said on Monday that King Soopers has not yet provided the information the union needs to evaluate its proposal.
The only proposal during the three days of talks was from the union, which the company representatives asked them to revisit, said Liz Wesley, a store manager at Colorado Springs who has spent 17 years with the grocery chain.
"The (company) is not taking our proposals seriously," Wesley said. "We want a better contract for us."
King Soopers operates more than 100 stores in Colorado and is the No. 1 grocery chain by market share in the state. Its sales have boomed during the pandemic, with shares of its parent Kroger hitting a record high last week.