UFCW Local 21 members have been standing strong and united for over 9 months of bargaining with Seattle grocery stores. Now, with the companies still insisting on cuts to pay, benefits, and pensions, workers have been forced to take a strike authorization vote in anticipation of a possible strike this holiday season.
Negotiations with Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, and QFC have stalled, and as Local 21 members point out, the employer proposals are simply unfair to workers.
"We have to raise our children, and I've been working there for five years," said Angela Kenyon, who works at a Safeway in Burien. "And what they're having to offer, even for the new employees... it's just unfair."
Hear more from Seattle grocery workers and Local 21 members here.
One thing to note: UFCW Local 21 Communications Director Tom Geiger makes an important observation when he explains that "the employers themselves have said their last, best, and final offer is not yet proposed." So the question is: why not? "After nine months you should be able to get pretty much anything done," he says. We couldn't agree more!
Votes will be taking place through Wednesday. Seattle grocery workers can get more information and RSVP here or by calling 1-800-732-1188, ext. 6161.