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Jan 11 (Reuters) – The union representing greater than 8,700 King Soopers grocery store employees rejected the Kroger-owned Colorado chain’s elevated wage provide, setting the stage for a three-week strike beginning Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, King Soopers, the biggest grocery retailer chain in Colorado, had sweetened a wage provide to employees of UFCW Native 7 to $170 million calling it their “final, finest and ultimate provide.”
This got here after the union rejected a number of earlier gives, together with a $148 million funding in wages and signing bonuses over three years, final week.
“The corporate’s final, finest, and ultimate provide, in some ways, is worse than its earlier gives,” Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Native 7, stated in an announcement.
Cordova stated the corporate’s wage provide “nonetheless does not reduce it” and retains lots of its beforehand proposed concessions and provides new concessionary gadgets.
The union is looking for a rise in wages of not less than $6 per hour for all employees. Nonetheless, the corporate’s “final, finest and ultimate provide” proposed raises of as much as $4.50 per hour based mostly on job classification and tenure, which was the identical as its earlier proposal.
Whereas many phrases of the brand new provide stay the identical, a full-time checker with 5 years of expertise will now get an annual compensation of over $47,000, in contrast with almost $46,000 within the earlier provide, or a further 50 cents per hour in 2022, the proposal confirmed.
“This provide not solely places more cash in associates’ pockets but when accepted, guarantees to convey stability to our associates and Coloradans who’ve endured sufficient uncertainty and disruption,” the corporate stated in an announcement.
UFCW Native 7 stated that it is going to be out on the picket strains at 5 AM MT on Wednesday.
Over 8,700 UFCW Native 7 employees from 78 King Soopers shops are anticipated to take part within the strike, Cordova had beforehand stated in a press briefing.
King Soopers operates greater than 100 shops in Colorado.
Reporting by Siddharth Cavale and Ananya Mariam Rajesh in Bengaluru; Modifying by Arun Koyyur, Devika Syamnath and Uttaresh.V