GLENDALE, Colo. (KDVR) — On the second day of their strike, King Soopers workers and their supporters held a rally.
The rally began at 1 p.m. Thursday across the street from the King Soopers store at Leetsdale Drive and Dahlia Street in Glendale.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 said the ongoing strike impacts 8,400 workers across 77 King Soopers or Kroger stores. The decision to strike was supported by 95% of union workers who voted.
The Local 7 and King Soopers have been negotiating for months on a new contract, which expired Jan. 8. The union has claimed unfair labor practices by the company and an unwillingness to meet employee needs in its offers, while the company accuses the union of refusing to negotiate.
“It’s unfortunate that Local 7 continues to betray our associates, their members, by not giving them all the facts,” the grocery chain said about the union’s demonstration. “Additionally, they continue to sidestep the UFCW bylaws and the democratic process by suppressing our associates’ right to vote on our last, best and final offer.”
Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young spoke at the rally and pledged his support to the workers.
“I am not going to cross that picket line. I have a well-worn King Soopers card in my wallet but I’m not going in Kings until this is a fair contract,” Young said.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser handed out chocolates to workers on the picket line at the rally on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m here to support these workers and until these workers are back on the job being treated fairly, I’m not going to shop at King Soopers,” Weiser said.
The union said Thursday they proposed resuming negotiations with the company on Friday.
FOX31 spoke to Local 7’s president Kim Cordova about workers’ intentions to continue to strike despite the planned meeting.
“We are in this. It is a brave thing to walk off the job. These workers are mad and I will tell you if they don’t fix these problems, workers are going to continue to quit and they aren’t going to be considered the lead anymore,” Cordova said.
A King Soopers spokesperson shared the following statement in response to Local 7’s letter on resuming negotiations:
We are pleased that after nearly a week, the union has finally responded to our request to meet. We look forward to returning to the bargaining table to resume negotiations and find a deal that puts more money in our associates’ paychecks.