Jan 18, 2022 - News

King Soopers strike negotiations deteriorate

Alfredo Solis, a deli manager who's worked at King Soopers the past four years. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A week after thousands of unionized King Soopers workers at nearly 80 stores across metro Denver went on strike, the two sides are even further from reaching a compromise.

What's happening: King Soopers was granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday against the union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, by a Denver judge Tuesday.

  • The grocer alleges the labor union's members are harassing customers and blocking them from entering the store's parking lots and entrances, while Local 7 denies the claims.
  • The judge's order now limits each picket line to 10 people and bars shouting within 20 feet of King Soopers employees or customers.
  • Meanwhile, the union has reported "little to no progress" at the negotiation table, where attempted deal-making resumed for the fifth day Tuesday.

State of play: The ripple effects of the worker strike are far-reaching, with rival grocery stores reporting overwhelming demand and shoppers encountering empty shelves.

Of note: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is calling on community members to support the workers.

  • At the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration Monday, the mayor invited people to "stand with those workers" to let them know they "deserve livable wages" and "health care benefits."

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