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As fast as new talks began between organized labor in Denver and the area’s three major grocery chains – Albertsons, Safeway and Kroger’s Sing Soopers – they came crashing to a halt without progress or the scheduling of additional sessions.

The Rocky Mountain News reported that the chains repeated what they’d said in the past – that they had made their last, best offer on November 1 and were not prepared to make any changes.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) reportedly suggested making a “supposal” which would basically create a “what if” scenario – “if we did this, what would you do?” But the chains said that they were not interested in such a tactic and would only consider “firm proposals that worked within the economic confines of the offers now on the table.”

The local union had been prepared to vote on the last, best offer. But the UFCW International leadership stopped the voting, and asked for the two sides to return to the table. The international leadership said the proposal on the table was unacceptable and that further negotiations were needed.

The old contract expired on November 3, and employees have been working without a pact since that time.
KC's View:
Something’s got to give at some point…and we wouldn’t be surprised if management decided to go with a lock-out if labor doesn’t ratify the last proposal pretty soon. It’ll probably wait until after the holidays, but it could be a pretty cold January and February out in Denver…