Protests aren’t only happening in Egypt. Some Puget Sound area grocery store employees are also picketing for a fair contract:
Grocery store employees at four major supermarket chains in King County will be picketing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The employees from Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and QFC are picketing to promote a fair contract for 30,000 Puget Sound union workers.
The previous three-year contract expired on May 4th, but was extended into July for further bargaining on a new contract. The workers and grocery store management have been negotiating since March.
Workers say grocery store management wants to:
- Eliminate health care coverage for thousands of workers
- Cut holiday pay
- Offer no wage increases
- Take away paid sick days for Seattle workers and forbid others in the region from getting them
- Cut the “10 cent above minimum wage” guarantee for lowest paid workers
Next time you go grocery shopping, tell a manager you support the members of the three unions involved: UFCW 21, UFCW 367 and Teamsters 38.