SEATTLE, Wash. – The union representing over 30-thousands Washington grocery store workers has given a 72-hour notice that it’s members will go on strike.
The stores under the strike alert include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson’s and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration. a representative tells us they “may ask members in Grays Harbor to help with strike support but most of all, follow what is going on.”
The ufcw 367 website this evening stated “We have just given a 72 hour notice to the grocery store chains effective 7:00 pm.”
“We are communicating with our members about the issues our brothers and sisters in the grocery retail industry are facing in negotiations. The Teamsters will always stand up for working people, and the fact that these four grocery chains with a combined revenue that is in the tens of billions of dollars annually want to force their employees onto taxpayer subsidized healthcare is absurd and will not be tolerated.” said Rick Hicks, President of Joint Council Teamsters 28.
The current negotiations between the Teamsters Local 38, UFCW and the four major Grocery Chains (Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons) have been going on for more than six months.