Grocery store workers announce strike to start in 72 hours

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

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SEATTLE — Unions representing about 21,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound region gave official notice Friday night that they will strike four major chains — Safeway, Albertsons, QFC and Fred Meyer — in 72 hours if a new contract agreement is not reached beforehand.

Under that timetable, employees will walk off the job at 7 p.m. Monday.

Grocery workers strike negotiationsTom Geiger, who represents Local 21 of United Food and Commercial Workers, made the announcement to the media at 7:15 p.m. Friday. He said the notice to the grocery stores was effective at 7 p.m. The unions involved include the UFCW Local 21 and Local 367 and Teamsters Local 38.

Geiger said the companies’ proposals for a new three-year contract have sought to freeze pay, reduce holiday pay and other benefits.

“We do not want a strike,” Geiger said at a news conference. “Hopefully tonight we…

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