PHOTOS: Update From Grocery Workers Strike Meeting
Members of the UFCW21 Grocery Worker’s Union met tonight (Monday, Nov. 8th) at the Doubletree Hotel in SeaTac and photographer David Sharpe captured several photographs before the meeting officially got underway.
The general tone of the union members that were willing to speak off-the-record is that they are very unhappy with the proposal that was put in front of them. Issues mentioned included pay cuts, substitution of lump sum payments instead of raises, drastic reduction of holiday pay and pension changes.
There were also signs of anger towards the union itself over why members hadn’t seen either the company proposal or the union counter-proposal prior to this point in the negotiations.
As we reported on Thursday, Nov. 4th, numerous local grocery store workers from three different unions — UFCW 21, UFCW 81, and Teamsters 38 — are voting this week on whether or not to authorize a strike, as recommended by the union bargaining team.
Results of the vote are expected by the end of the week.
Local union members work at Safeway, QFC, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer, and a strike could affect holiday shopping in the Burien area.
Some 25,000 grocery store workers have been in negotiations since March 2010.
As news develops on this story we’ll post updates, so check back often.