DENVER — King Soopers was scheduled to begin advertising for replacement workers over the weekend as workers vote on a new labor contract and the potential for a strike against the Kroger-owned chain looms.
According to a report in the Denver Business Journal, the chain identified about 4,000 potential replacement workers in May, when the threat of a strike first appeared, but is seeking to update the list with another 1,500 potential workers.
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 have been wrangling with King Soopers and with Safeway over a new contract for about six months, and recently began voting on the chains' "last, best and final offer."
At issue are wage increases and pension funding, among other items. According to the Business Journal, Safeway was not advertising for replacement workers.
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