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More than 8,000 unionized workers at kroger-owned King Soopers in the Denver market went on strike this morning.

Kroger called the walkout "reckless and self-serving," and promised to keep the stores open through the use of temporary workers And employees brought in from other parts of the country.

The Wall Street Journal writes this morning that "union officials representing Kroger workers declined to comment on Wednesday. They have previously said they want to secure a new contract with better wages, health and retirement benefits, and to ensure a safer work environment for employees at a time when Kroger is generating higher profits. They said Tuesday that going on strike was the only way to get fairer terms after the company had offered unsatisfactory proposals throughout the past few months of negotiations."

KC's View:

Kroger has said that it wants an agreement that will both benefit workers and keep prices down for consumers, but I have to imagine that this is something of a tightrope - it wants to keep costs down for shoppers at a time when inflation is as high as it has been in decades, but in the end, the employees also are shoppers dealing with inflation;  workers' expectations, whether reasonable or unreasonable, are being shaped by what they encounter when they buy groceries or gas, pay their rent, or try to clothe and school their children.

It is a toiugh argument, both ways ... but I have to believe that this will be a short-lived labor action. It doesn't serve anyone's interests for this to drag on.