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Where will you shop if QFC workers go on strike?

November 18th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Update: On November 21 the grocery workers and supermarkets reached a tentative agreement.

You’ve likely heard that local grocery workers may go on strike, perhaps as soon as next Monday, a QFC worker told us.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and two other unions voted overwhelmingly last week to take the first step toward a strike, union officials told our news partner The Seattle Times. The unions represent approximately 17,000 workers in King, Kitsap, Snohomish and Mason counties who work at Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons. The two sides are meeting again today and tomorrow.

If the unions go on strike, you’d need to cross a picket line to shop at QFC, now the only grocer in Wallingford (Tangletown’s Meridian Market recently closed). QFC is hiring temporary workers now, in case of a work stoppage.

Here’s a story that KING 5 ran last night on the possible grocery worker strike:

If the workers do go on strike, we’ll cover the story in depth. In the meantime, we were curious to know where you’d shop if a strike does happen. Please let us and your neighbors know in the poll below or leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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