Grocery workers approve strike

Nov. 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Union grocer workers in Washington State said 94 percent of voting members approved a strike over job cuts and low wages.

A strike would affect 25,000 grocery workers in QFC, Albertsons, Safeway and Fred Meyer stores, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Thursday.

QFC employee Janella Enamorado said, "We're working people, and we need something else than these cuts, cuts, cuts that they're bringing to us."

Scott Powers a spokesman for Allied Employers, which is representing the stores, said "I think we are ready to meet the needs of what the employee have. So I think we need to get back to the bargaining table and finish that process."

But union members say talks have stalled after nine months of negotiations.

"Nobody wants to go on strike but they're pushing us," KOMO-TV quoted one worker as saying.

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