By Douglas Hoffacker
DENVER (CBS4)– A weekend of marathon bargaining sessions has produced a contract proposal by King Soopers/City Market. But there’s no indication yet whether union workers like the offer.
The company calls it a tentative agreement.
“This is good news for our associates, customers and communities,” said King Soopers spokesman Adam Williamson.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 posted on its Facebook page Monday morning, “We have secured a final offer. Details and statewide vote dates and locations will be posted soon.”
King Soopers and union leaders have been bargaining since December on a new contract.
The union was prepared to strike after their vote to strike passed earlier this month.
Instead, both sides continued negotiating and a strike date was never scheduled.
Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7, released this statement on Monday: “We are deeply grateful for the strength of our members, the support of our customers, and the help of the communities we work in. Today’s deal represents an important investment in King Soopers and City Market workers and strengthens our ability to continue providing shoppers with the high-quality customer service they deserve. This final offer was the result of more than 37 straight hours of bargaining this weekend and would not have been possible without the courage and strength of our members.
“For more than four months, Local 7 members worked incredibly hard to get the best possible contract for more than 12,000 Colorado families. The fact that this offer is significantly better than where we started in December is a tribute to the hard work of every member. Local 7 is a union family and we are proud to stand together to make King Soopers and City Market a better place to work and shop.”
Safeway and Albertsons are also negotiating with the UFCW Local 7 on new contracts.