Grocery distribution workers strike Auburn warehouseon December 11, 2012 @ 7:52 am (Updated: 11:48 am - 12/11/12 )
The 165 members of Teamsters Local 117 work at the United Natural Foods Inc. distribution center and walked off the job Monday night. The union says the key issue is pay equity with other workers in the grocery warehouse industry.
United Natural Foods is a top independent distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and supplies Whole Foods and other grocery stores in the Seattle area.
Whole Foods said on Tuesday, "We expect regular product deliveries to our Seattle stores, and our shoppers can expect business as usual."
The union workers had a contract extension with UNFI that expired at the end of August. The union has filed several unfair labor practices claims against the company.
UNFI, headquartered in Providence, RI, has not responded to a request for comment.
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