King Soopers' Colorado employees will begin voting soon on a new contract drafted by a federal mediator and amid mixed messages from union leaders about whether to accept it.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local Seven has recommended that workers reject the proposal because union officials think it will destroy health and welfare provisions. The union's international president - Joe Hansen - says the contract should allow King Soopers workers to provide financial and health care security for their families. But Hansen stopped short of recommending how members should vote.
Mail ballots will be sent Friday to the 73-hundred King Soopers workers in Colorado who are members of the union. They'll have two weeks to mail their ballots in, and counting is scheduled for March fifth.
The eleven-thousand union workers at Safeway and Albertsons will wait until after the vote to resume contract talks.