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The Denver Post reports that unionized supermarket employees in Denver have come to a split decision - those who work for Kroger-owned King Soopers and City Market voted to accept a new labor contract, while those employed by Safeway rejected its contract offer.

While the vote tallies have not yet been made public, the word from Denver is that the Safeway contract rejection was overwhelming. While the retailer had said that its contract proposal was its last, best and final offer, the sense is that Safeway will be under greater pressure now to return to the bargaining table since King Soopers has avoided a strike and/or lockout.

According to the story, “Despite the rejection by most Safeway employees, a strike cannot take place because fewer than two-thirds of the union workers voted to authorize a work stoppage.”
KC's View:
Oy. What a mess.