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The Rocky Mountain News reported over the weekend that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - which represents some 17.500 employees at Colorado Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger’s King Sooper stores – called a halt in the voting on a “last best” contract offer made to the union by the chains.

The UFCW has recommended that its members turn down the offer and authorize a strike, but speculation is that the vote was halted because it was feared that the members would instead approve the contract proposal in certain specific areas. However, this rationale has not yet been confirmed.

Denver-area workers voted last Thursday, while workers in Pueblo, Fort Collins, Evergreen and Idaho Springs were set to cast ballots Friday.

The existing contract expired last Wednesday, and the chains can lock out the employees any time.
KC's View:
Sometimes you read these stories, and you wonder if the workers are working for the union, or if the union is working for its membership.