DENVER – Almost 12,000 King Soopers unions can only be days away from striking.
They voted for the strike Friday night after nearly three months of negotiations with the grocery store.
Employees will have better salaries and benefits. King Soopers said the latest contract offer meets these requirements.
Employees had their second and final day for voting on a strike Friday. Leaders with their association, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, spent the night counting all votes.
The voice for strike does not guarantee one. Union leaders will still have to call for the strike. It can happen anytime.
Currently, the Union and King Soopers have not scheduled any more negotiation sessions.
"Feed the human spirit and start feeding your employees because they make the difference," Tyson Kehm told FOX31
At the same time, King Soopers maintains the latest contract offer that more employees will increase more than $ 2,000 over the next three years and not increase health costs.
The company also has 1,000 openings that can allow employees to grow.
"We make the difference," Kehm said. "If they (customers) see us strikingly, they will honor it. I really believe it."
Kehm and other employees said that customers who cross picket lines can expect a little chaos inside. They said there would be fewer workers and potentially empty shelves.
King Soopers said it is trying to reduce any effects a strike might have on customers.
The company is now advertising to hire temporary workers to be prepared. 19659003] "It is as usual this weekend," said King Williams spokesman Adam Williamson. "It's the last resort, no one wins in strike. So, we want to make sure we're preparing for the worst case."
Williamson sent FOX31 and Channel 2 the following statement after the vote:
"We proposed a good contract for our employees. Our goals are always to reach an agreement that provides a solid and competitive package of salaries, benefits and a stable pension scheme. "At this point, the union has not called work stoppages. We hope they do not and are looking forward to continuing negotiations. Right now it is as usual in our stores."