Grocery strike set to begin Monday evening

October 18, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 8:15 p.m. Oct. 18, 2013

After months of negotiating and recent days of closed-door bargaining sessions with employers, grocery worker union representatives announced Oct. 18 they would begin striking in 72 hours, if no deal was reached.

The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, deny workers paid sick days and cut pay, including for those who work on holidays.

In September, an overwhelming 98 percent of the union membership voted to authorize a strike.

Affected local stores include the Safeway and QFC. This is the first major grocery worker strike in Western Washington since 1989.

The website Stand With Our Checkers has created an interactive map with grocery store alternatives. It suggests Matthew’s at Lakemont and Sunset Market Place as the most local alternatives.

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