Where to go if there’s a grocery strike

Nov 13, 2010, 11:28 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

UPDATE: Sunday 11/14 Both sides have scheduled negotiations Thursday and Friday of this week. IF there is a strike, it won’t be until the end of the week.

What will you do if employees at the big grocery stores in Western Washington go on strike?

The contract for union grocery workers with UFCW 21, UFCW 81, and Teamsters 38 expires at midnight on the 15th, and we could have a strike a few days after. Employees have already authorized a strike, with 94 percent of them rejecting the latest offer. The big issue continues to be proposed pay cuts and benefits.

Puget Sound grocery workers explain some of their concerns in a video they posted on YouTube called, Standing UP for a Fair Contract. While they’re asking for more money, the video points out how much the CEOs of major grocery chains earn: David Dillion, Kroger (owner of QFC and Fred Meyer) $10.3 million salary; Craig Herkert, Supervalu, $10.8 million; Steve Burd, Safeway, $10.9 million.

Stores that would experience a strike are Safeway, Albertsons, QFC and Fred Meyer. If you don’t want to cross a picket line, where can you go? There are several non-grocery union stores including Trader Joe’s, PCC, Madison Market, Grocery Outlet, Top Foods. Most Target and Walmart stores also sell groceries and there are a few neighborhood shops. There’s also the option of going online for Amazon Fresh and Costco if you like buying in bulk.

The economy is certainly different from 1989 when workers went on strike last. If they can’t reach a contract agreement by midnight Monday, would you find your groceries elsewhere to support striking workers?

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Where to go if there’s a grocery strike