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Strike continues as union and King Soopers return to bargaining table Tuesday

A small group of picketers outside a King Soopers in Parker, Colorado, on Jan. 12, 2022.
A small group of picketers outside a King Soopers in Parker, Colorado, on Jan. 12, 2022.(KKTV)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 11:30 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 10:01 AM MST
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DENVER (KKTV) - Union workers and a grocery store chain are still at a stalemate following another round of negotiations Monday night.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and King Soopers return to the bargaining table Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The lack of an agreement pushes the King Soopers strike into its seventh day. Negotiations are entering day five.

King Soopers stated ahead of Monday’s talks that the process was moving slowly but it was “pleased progress was being made.” But the morning after, the union stated that talks stalled Monday night, and the two sides remained far apart.

“After four continuous days of negotiations, we’ve made little to no progress with Kroger/King Soopers. They still refuse to address the concerns and needs of our members, who have raised their voices on the picket lines, in the media, and around the bargaining table to demand a living wage for essential labor.,” UFCW Local 7 President Kim Cordova wrote. “... The company’s failure to pay a livable wage here in Colorado is not the only reason the negotiations ended last night. King Soopers is still not committed to ensuring a safe workplace, protecting healthcare benefits for workers, or withdrawing numerous concessionary proposals designed to replace existing employees with gig workers. The company continues to treat the workers with a lack of respect at the negotiating table just like they have in the workplace.”

King Soopers has not issued a statement Tuesday.

Colorado Springs stores have not been involved in the current strike. Some of the Springs stores are part of the union, but the current contract doesn’t expire until late February. A full list of impacted stores can be found here.

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