September 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Grocery workers, employers to bargain next month
Representatives of Washington state grocery workers and employers will sit down next month to negotiate over pay and benefits in a new contract, according to a union spokesman.
The two groups will meet on Oct. 10 and 11, United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Tom Geiger wrote in an emailed news release.
On Wednesday the union, which represents more than 30,000 workers in Western Washington, authorized a strike of four grocery chains if the bargaining proved unsuccessful, but no timeline for a strike has been set.
“Our expectation is that [employers] will come with a set of serious proposals,” Geiger said in the release.
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