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Craig, Steamboat Kroger stores not impacted by strike vote

Craig City Market shoppers should not be impacted if union employees strike at other Kroger owned stores in Colorado.
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Union members who work at King Soopers and City Market voted to authorize a strike Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, following the Kroger company’s latest contract proposal, which stipulates workers must wait up to 10 years to be paid sick leave.

More than 12,000 workers represented by UFCW Local 7 work at 109 King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado.

However, Craig store employees are not union members. Union officials originally said the nearest union store was the City Market in Steamboat Springs, but that proved to be inaccurate.

Those stores are “union-free” and will not be impacted, City Market spokesperson Adam Williamson said during in an interview with Steamboat Pilot and Today.

“It’s going to be business as usual, for sure, in your area,” Williamson said Wednesday, March 13. “They are union-free —  both Steamboat Springs and Craig.”

Union contracts ended Jan. 12, and Local 7 has been engaged in bargaining for new contracts since mid-December.

The vote to strike has not resulted in job action, however it did result in ads for temporary workers and brought Kroger officials back to the negotiating table, according to a letter from UFCW Local 7 President Kim Cordova.

“The hardworking women and men of King Soopers and City Market are standing together for their families, their customers, and their communities,” Cordova wrote in a news release. “We need more full-time jobs, not just for more hours for workers who have earned it, but because you deserve the best customer service when you shop. We need first-day sick pay and access to health care, not just to get better ourselves, but to ensure that the stores are fully staffed when you shop.”