Colorado

Oct 23, 2009 1:04 PM by Associated Press

King Soopers says it could lock out workers

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.

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