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Tuesday in Denver: Strike among King Soopers workers continues, Staff shortages cause some schools to stay remote & more

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King Soopers grocery store workers wave at passing cars as they strike at more than 70 stores across the Denver metro area.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and happy Tuesday to you and yours, Denver!

Hopefully, the three-day weekend was pleasant for all. Welcome back to another Tuesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

A lot has happened in the Mile High City since last week, so without further ado, here are some of the top headlines you need to know this Tuesday:

1. King Soopers strike continues as both sides negotiate for sixth day
King Soopers grocery store workers walk the picket line as they strike at more than 70 stores across the Denver metro area.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The strike among King Soopers workers continued Monday with the grocery store and the labor union representing employees had planned to negotiate for a fifth consecutive day.

The labor union, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 7, stated that negations would continue Tuesday at 10 a.m. after holding discussions with the company over the weekend. Furthermore, the union claimed that "little to no progress" has been made recently, according to 9News.

The strike began Wednesday at stores across the state in areas including Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Parker a day after UFCW turned down an offer from the grocery store that is referred to as its "last, best and final offer."

2. Some Adams 14 schools remaining remote due to staffing shortages

Adams County School District 14 announced Monday evening that some of its schools would continue to operate remote learning due to shortages among staff following initial plans to return to in-person learning Tuesday.

Denver7 reports that the district stated on Monday that it had received "a large number" of sick day requests from staff. Schools including Alsup Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Sanville Early Childhood Center and STARS Early Childhood Center will run in-person operations Tuesday.

Schools that will remain virtual Tuesday are as follows:

  • Dupont Elementary School
  • Hanson Elementary School
  • Kemp Elementary School
  • Monaco Elementary School
  • Rose Hill Elementary School
  • Adams City Middle School
  • Kearney Middle School
  • Adams City High School
  • Lester Arnold High School

3. Told to cease and desist by Colorado AG, testing provider says it's catching up on data reporting
COVID Check Colorado site tester Bradford Christopher administers a COVID test at Echo Park Stadium on December 30, 2020 in Parker, Colo.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Days after the Colorado Attorney General's Office sent the president of a COVID-19 testing company a cease and desist letter, he is claiming that his team is working to catch up with requirements regarding data reporting.

The Denver Gazette reports that the COVID-19 testing company based in Georgia, Macagain, provided testing at eight locations in the Denver metro area, Boulder and Fort Collins. The cease and desist letter was sent Friday, with Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Weaver writing that President Khalid Ansari's company did not report results of its tests and needed to halt all testing immediately or face action.

4. Hospital “crisis” care already happening amid Colorado’s omicron surge, ER doctors warn Polis

A physician group told Gov. Jared Polis' staff late last week that emergency rooms in the Centennial State are on the brink of rationing health care without legal protection that would be in place if Colorado authorized crisis standards during the surge of the omicron variant.

The Colorado chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians sent Gov. Polis' office a five-page letter that stated that doctors are being forced to determine which patients receive limited hospital beds, with some people who are considered not sick enough being sent home, according to The Denver Post.

Dr. Ramnik Dhaliwal, president of the Colorado chapter, stated that staffing shortages in hospitals in addition to confusion among the public regarding where to get care for COVID-19 testing have led to a shortage in emergency departments that is impacting all patients, not just those being treated for coronavirus.

Local job listings

  • Bilingual Customer Service Representative at Express Employment Professionals: Centennial (full address not listed). $19 to $20 hourly. Full-time. Find more information here.
  • Client Relations Representative at Atlas Consulting Group: Littleton (full address not listed). $40,000 to $45,000 yearly. Full-time. Find more information here.
  • Mortgage Protection Sales at The Wayland Group: Denver (full address not listed). $40,000 to $120,000 yearly. Full-time. Find more information here.
  • Sales Associate at Rack Attack: 1651 Market St., Denver. $16 to $18 hourly (plus commission). Part-time. Find more information here.
  • Virtual Assistant at Sunnyside Builders: Remote, 4244 Quivas St., Denver. $21 to $26 hourly (plus commission). Full-time. Find more information here.

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