Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call: State of the union

At the entrance to my local Safeway, just off Federal at 26th Avenue, a small plaque in the ground commemorates two grocery-store workers who were killed when a car crashed into the store's parking lot back in 1996.

On a door to the store are fliers advertising job opportunities at Safeway -- evidence of the state of the union today. Safeway's contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 was scheduled to expire on Saturday; now Safeway, King Soopers and Local 7 have agreed to extend that contract until August 15 as Safeway continues to negotiate with the union, largely over pensions.

The plaque to the fallen workers will remain. That's non-negotiable.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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