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(Reuters) – Negotiations between Kroger’s (NYSE 🙂 King Soopers’ trade union and a union representing more than 8,700 employees in Colorado have failed, resulting in a three-week strike on Wednesday.
The president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 Kim Cordova said Monday that King Soopers has not yet provided the council with what it needs to review its demands, according to changes made on Facebook (NASDAQ :).
The only idea for the three days of negotiations was the agreement, which representatives of the company asked for, “said Liz Wesley, a Colorado Springs store manager who has been a grocery store owner for 17 years.
“(The company) does not get what we want,” Wesley said. “We want a good contract for us.”
The company has filed lawsuits against the agreement for refusing to negotiate a fair deal, King Soopers said on Monday.
King Soopers operates in more than 100 stores in Colorado and is the number 1 retailer and market segment in the state. His sales have grown significantly during the epidemic, with shares of their parent Kroger doing very well last week.
Last month, King Soopers donated more than $ 145 million in new payments over the next four years, bringing an hourly paycheck of 75% of their peers over $ 18 and over $ 20 for more than 50% of them.
The agreement rejected the company’s offer, after which the company slashed up to $ 148 million in payments and signed bonuses over three years.
On January 7, just one day before the agreement between the company and the workers in Denver was completed, and after the cities of Broomfield, Parker and Boulder were closed, the council warned of a strike from 5 am (1200 GMT) on Wednesday.
King Soopers asked for help from the state mediator, but Cordova declined to comment, saying “at the moment adding more access would not be beneficial”.
This comes after the union last month filed a lawsuit against a third-party store for recruiting employees who paid them $ 16 an hour, more than most King Soopers employees.
The company said the commission did not say when it would return to negotiations.
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