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In Seattle, KING-5 News reports on how grocery employees there are voting on a strike authorization that could launch a job action against Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and QFC as soon as Thanksgiving.

According to the story, union members have complained that months of negotiations have been fruitless, and that they are not satisfied with management’s offers for wages and benefits.

Seattle Weekly reports that “the union held the first of several strike authorization votes on Sunday, which will be followed by another set of votes today, two more on Tuesday and a final vote on Wednesday.

“By Thursday, all the votes will be counted. And, depending on what they say, more than 25,000 workers in King, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties could walk off the job, just in time for the holidays.”

If the authorization vote passes, another vote would be needed before a strike actually takes place, the story says.
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