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The Denver Business Journal reports that King Soopers and Safeway have begun running ads looking for temporary workers in the event that a work stoppage takes place in the Mile High City; Albertsons reportedly is about to do the same.

“Meanwhile,” the Business Journal writes, “the roughly 45 workers at Safeway’s area distribution center voted to strike if necessary on or after May 9, the date that the current five-year contract between the stores and the union expires. Other groups of the workers will take similar votes in the days leading up to the end of the contract …
Both sides cautioned, however, that while the actions help them to get ready for a strike, they do not mean that any kind of work stoppage is inevitable or even more likely than it was when negotiations began on April 9.”

Meanwhile, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has filed a federal complaint, charging that the three retailers have violated labor law by teaming up for negotiations and not disclosing the terms of their agreement. The UFCW also said that King Soopers is violating federal labor law by offering to pay replacement workers more than some of the unionized workers with whom it is negotiating.

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