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Workers at Nearly 80 Kroger’s King Soopers Go on Strike as Talks Stall

More than 8,000 workers at nearly 80 King Soopers stores went on strike for better wages and benefits on Wednesday after the latest round of negotiations between the Kroger Co-owned Colorado chain and the union failed. The strike started at 7:00 a.m. ET. The workers on strike work at King Soopers stores in the Denver metropolitan area, Boulder, Parker, and Broomfield cities of Colorado, UFCW Local 7 said. This is the latest in a string of labor strikes in the United States following similar events at Kellogg Co.’s U.S. cereal plants and Deere & Co. as rising cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and inflation pushes workers to demand higher wages and better working conditions. At King Soopers, workers have sought an increase in wages of at least $6 per hour for all. However, the company’s “last, best, and final offer” proposed raises of up to $4.50 per hour …

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