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·         Unionized Starbucks workers walk out, citing health concerns

Employees of a Starbucks store in upstate New York who voted to unionize last month have walked off the job

·         Union calls for a strike against King Soopers stores in Colorado

Walkouts could start as soon as Sunday

 

 

Unionized Starbucks workers walk out, citing health concerns

Employees of a Starbucks store in upstate New York who voted to unionize last month have walked off the job

 

By The Associated Press

via ABC News - January 5, 2022

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Employees of a Starbucks store in upstate New York who voted to unionize last month walked off the job Wednesday, saying they lacked the staff and resources to work safely amid surging COVID-19 cases.

 

Six employees who had been scheduled to work formed a picket line outside the Buffalo store, leading Starbucks to close it for the day, the company said. Three other employees had remained inside.

 

“Pressure to go to work is being put on many of us, when some of us already have other health issues. The company has again shown that they continue to put profits above people,” Starbucks Workers United said in a statement.

 

All of the Buffalo-area stores have been operating as “grab-and-go” locations since Monday, Starbucks said. More than 15,000 people have tested positive in Erie County over the past week, the highest seven-day total to date.

 

Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges said the company has met and exceeded CDC and expert guidelines and offered vaccine and isolation pay...

 

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/unionized-starbucks-workers-walk-citing-health-concerns-82095908

 

 

Union calls for a strike against King Soopers stores in Colorado

Walkouts could start as soon as Sunday

 

By Judith Kohler, The Denver Post

January 6, 2022

 

The union representing King Soopers workers in Colorado is calling for a strike that could start as early as Sunday, a day after its contracts end with stores in the Denver area and Colorado Springs.

 

Earlier this week, union members at nearly 90 stores voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike based on unfair labor practices. Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, said after 17 hours of bargaining Wednesday, King Soopers stuck to a proposal she called “riddled with concessions” that King Soopers wants from workers and failed to address the union’s comprehensive proposal.

 

Union negotiators rejected the proposal.

 

“We’ve made the decision to call for the strike,” Cordova said. “Which day we pull the picket lines is going to be a decision that our team will be making soon.”

 

King Soopers, the largest grocery chain in Colorado and the U.S., said in a statement that it made its best offer, which includes $148 million for wages and signing bonuses over the next three years. The company, which also owns City Market stores in the state, added that it proposed additional money for health care benefits with zero impact to employees’ health care premiums based on current projections...

 

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https://www.denverpost.com/2022/01/06/king-soopers-strike-union-colorado/