Colorado King Soopers Workers Strike; Agreement Not Yet Reached

Kroger's Colorado King Soopers/City Market banners walk off the job citing unfair labor practices.


Tensions Are High Between Kroger and Union as Strike Day Approaches

UFCW Local 7 says 78 Colorado stores will strike, with plans to strike for three weeks until Feb. 2.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in December, down 0.3 percentage points from November and edging closer to the 3.5% recorded in February 2020.

UFCW Local 7 said the strike is a result of unfair labor practices and would last three weeks, until Feb. 2.

Eligible full- and part-time associates will be able to take time off with pay within the first year after the birth or adoption of a child.

King Soopers employees in Denver and Boulder have authorized to strike over unfair labor practices.

"Food and retail companies must use record profit margins to increase worker hourly pay and alleviate the impact of inflation," UFCW International President Mark Perrone wrote in a letter to grocery CEOs and other retailers.

The National Labor Relations Board issues a formal decision and direction calling for a second union election.

Retail comp sales rose 3.1% for the retailer and wholesaler in the company's third fiscal quarter, but labor shortages and higher costs especially in the supply chain make for a net headwind, CEO Tony Sarsam says.

After months of losses, food and beverage stores gained 16,000 jobs in October as the retail industry overall added 35,000 jobs for the month.

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