Three Colorado grocery giants have told more than 17-thousand unionized workers that their contract extension will be terminated, effective at midnight, November Third.
Representatives from Albertsons, King Soopers and Safeway say the move is an effort to advance negotiations which have so far failed to result in an acceptable settlement.
Workers last month agreed to strike if no new contract was reached, but a union spokesman says they would get a chance to vote again. Workers, meanwhile, vowed to negotiate until the last second.
The three stores announced a deal earlier this week to share revenue in case their workers go on strike -- a deal the union says is unfair and illegal.
Negotiations between the companies and U-F-C-W Local 7 have been going on since August.