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Northwest Talks Resume Amid New Strike Vote

TACOMA, Wash. — Approximately 1,000 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 367 here are scheduled to take a strike vote Tuesday following expiration of their contracts Oct. 5.

Members of UFCW Local 21 in Seattle voted last month to authorize a strike following talks that have dragged on since their contract expired in May. The combined contracts cover approximately 20,000 workers at about 225 stores operated in the Pacific Northwest by Albertsons, Safeway and Kroger-owned Fred Meyer and Quality Food Centers.


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Negotiations, which resumed over the weekend after a month-long hiatus, are scheduled to resume Wednesday, the day after Local 367 votes.

According to a UFCW spokesman, "New ideas have been advanced to potentially solve health and pension plan problems, but these are complicated and technical, and we need to have our attorneys and experts review and analyze them further."

He told SN the "new ideas" were not part of a formal proposal but just points for discussion.

Eighty per cent of the affected workers are members of UFCW Local 21; approximately 10% are represented by UFCW Local 367 here, and the balance by Teamsters Local 38, which covers store workers in Snohomish County outside Seattle.

Read more: Seattle Union Members Authorize Strike

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