By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver
(DENVER, Colo.) Employees with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 (UFCW Local 7) voted Monday night to ratify a three-year contract with King Soopers that ends the strike.
"Our goal since day one has been to put more money in our associates’ paychecks and we are thrilled that our associates in the Denver metro bargaining area have voted yes on this offer,” Joe Kelley, president of King Soopers and City Market said in a news release.
The three-year agreement, approved Monday after 8,000 union members started voting, ends a nearly two-week strike. The union said the new contract contains:
- A "significant" wage increase
- Improved health benefits
- Protected pension benefits
- Stricter safety protocols to protect employees and customers.
"When workers organize, they win. And while this is a welcome win, it’s absolutely shameful that King Soopers executives – that padded their own pockets during a global pandemic – had to be forced to the bargaining table to provide better wages, healthcare and safety measures for the workers who make their extravagant lives possible," said Colorado Working Families Party State Director Wendy Howell.
Some employees are poised to receive more than $5 more per hour, the union said.
King Soopers and the union announced a tentative agreement Friday and urged employees to return to work.
This would not have been possible without the support of our allies throughout Colorado and across the country," said UFCW Local 7 President Kim Cordova. "To those who stood alongside our members, honored the picket line, and showed up in solidarity, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Union members will continue to vote this week on the contract in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Pueblo and northern Colorado.