Today, King Soopers and Safeway are expected to submit their "last, best and final" offer to grocery workers.
Don't know much about the details yet, or whether the proposal will be notably different from the ones members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 have roundly rejected time and again, leading to repeated breakdowns in negotiations. But the union has already set up a series of votes, beginning on Wednesday: Click here for times and locations in Denver and beyond.
In the meantime, look below to read a note from King Soopers president Russ Dispense to associates intended to prepare them for this key development:
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NEW: Information About Your Contract
TO: King Soopers Associates
FROM: Russ, Dispense, President
DATE: November 13, 2009
SUBJECT: Your Contract
I want to let you know that King Soopers has notified the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 of its plans to provide, on Monday, November 16, its "last, best and final" offer for all of its Colorado bargaining units. We will share details of our proposal with you once we have provided it to UFCW 7.
Thank you for your patience and continued service to our customers and our company. We hope to bring these negotiations to a close soon, with the outcome an agreement that is good for our associates, good for our customers and good for the company.