Negotiations between grocery store owners and the union representing 21,000 of their workers across the state were ongoing Sunday, the spokesman for the grocery workers said.
“There are less than 30 hours left until Monday at 7 PM - the time when the 72-hour notice clock runs out,” spokesman Tom Geiger said in an email just before 1:30 p.m. “Our hope is that the employers will come to their senses and avoid a strike. Community supporters will be gathering at the Countdown Clock at Westlake Park at 4th and Pine in Seattle at 7 PM tonight.”
Workers for Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway and QFC stores in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties would take part in the strike if it proceeds.
The workers issued a 72-hour strike notice Friday night after weeks of negotiation.
Geiger has said negotiation issues include: “cuts to pay & benefits, no paid sick days outside Seattle, taking away the dime above minimum wage guarantee for new hires, (and) threats to the health care plan," among others.
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