Union Votes on King Soopers Offer

Workers for Kroger’s King Soopers chain here were voting on the employers’ latest contract offer Tuesday in a vote that could result in a work stoppage.

DENVER — Workers for Kroger’s King Soopers chain here were voting on the employers’ latest contract offer Tuesday in a vote that could result in a work stoppage.

In a letter to members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, union President Ernest Duran said King Soopers’ proposal “slashes pensions, fails to preserve health care benefits, maintains the unfair two-tier system and penalizes the corporation’s workers.”

The union failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Kroger. Their 2004 agreement expired May 30. The same union has agreed to extend its current deal with Safeway through June 26, but the chains have agreed to lock workers out if they strike another.

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