Posted: Oct 23, 2009 11:04 AM by Associated Press
King Soopers is warning its employees they could be locked out if workers at Safeway decide to strike.
King Soopers told employees Thursday that a lockout would be necessary to protect its business.
Workers at both stores are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 but only Safeway workers have authorized a strike. Meanwhile, Kroger, which owns King Soopers and City Market stores, and Safeway have agreed to mutual negotiations with the union.
Negotiations resumed this week but soon broke down.
If there is a Safeway strike, the union maintains that King Soopers could just negotiate separately with King Soopers workers.