Nov 17, 2009 5:20 AM by John Romero
Months of negotiating from King Soopers, Safeway and their employees came to a head on Monday night. As promised, the grocery chains handed their employees the last, best and final contract offer. Both the grocery stores and the employees have argued over pensions, pay raises and promotions as the main sticking points for months. When the offer was handed down to employees at the UFCW Local 7 union hall the reaction came swift. "This is just terrible!" said long time King Soopers employee Amelia Adams, "Every time they've come to us, they've come back with something worse."
Union legal council Crisanta Duran says little has changed from the original offer. "While it is good the companies presented their last, best and final offer, there was concern from the bargaining team that the companies are not providing a fair deal to workers." she said after the Monday meeting with union members.
Once the bargaining team from UFCW Local 7 has a chance to go over the contract more in depth there will be votes on whether or not to accept it. Workers we spoke to leaving the meeting overwhelmingly said they will flat out reject the proposal. It seems grocery workers are ready to play rough. "A strike is our best tool to get the corporation back to the bargaining table." says Safeway employee Arlys Carlson, "That is our last ditch effort to let them know that we're united and we're not going to be divided by their tactics." While this offer is known as the "last, final and best" there could be more to come if the 2 sides decide to go back to the bargaining table.