Employees of Colorado King Sooper, City Market, and Safeway stores are facing significant cuts to pension benefits by their employers. For months, employees of King Sooper, City Market, and Safeway stores have been working with their union representatives in an attempt to negotiate with The Kroger Co. (the parent company of King Soopers and City Market) and Safeway Stores Inc. to reach an agreement that works for the stores and their workers. Safeway and Kroger have stalled these negotiations, and on October 20th, talks between the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and Safeway Stores Inc. broke down, setting the stage for either a worker lockout or strike.
If either a lockout or strike happens, I urge you to support these workers by not shopping at King Sooper, City Market, and Safeway stores until the companies return to negotiations and prepare an offer that is reasonable and fair to their workers.
There are plenty of other places to buy groceries in Colorado such as Whole Foods, Sunflower Market, Costco, and Target/Super Target. Yes, these stores are non-union stores, but shopping there will help send a message to The Kroger Co. and Safeway Stores Inc. and speed up the process of ending the lockout or strike and getting the loyal workers of these stores back to work as soon as possible.