No end in sight as King Soopers, workers’ union continue to negotiate contract




King Soopers and the union representing 12,000 of its staff remained locked in marathon contract negotiations Saturday, with no settlement in place as day turned to dusk.

In an announcement, King Soopers acknowledged the union proposal stays non-competitive in the Colorado market, whereas the The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union acknowledged on Facebook that the company’s most up-to-date present “continued to fail to address the basic concerns of workers and Local 7 members.”

This was the first the time two sides returned to the desk since March 7, when negotiations broke down, primary to a union strike vote. Union leaders hinted this week strike may happen at any time.

King Soopers touted the $117.5 million in wages, properly being care and pension benefits its proposed contract would provide. This consists of 35-cent-per-hour raises yearly over the next three years, and properly being care premiums that wouldn’t change over the lifetime of the contract.

The grocery chain slammed the union’s counterproposal. It pointed to the union requires for wage will improve of $3 per hour, extra cash pumped into the properly being care fund and further positions included in pensions.

“We have offered a contract that respects our associates by significantly investing in their total compensation and seeks zero concessions,” Dennis Gibson, president of King Soopers and City Market, acknowledged in assertion.

As of 5:30 p.m. the union had not launched an official assertion. On Facebook, nonetheless, the union acknowledged: “The Company’s most recent offer continued to fail to address the basic concerns of workers and Local 7 members. Adding insult to injury, the Company took approximately $4.1 million in their prior offer off the table.”

Adam Williamson, a King Sooper spokesman, acknowledged the company will negotiate “as long as it takes to come to a resolution.”

“Right now it’s progress,” he acknowledged. “We’ve offered a contract that respects our associates.”

Negotiations are tentatively scheduled to continue Sunday.

Williamson beforehand acknowledged King Soopers does have a contingency plan in the event the union decides to strike, although he declined to give particulars.




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