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Grocery union workers could vote to strike amid contract dispute

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More than 12,000 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, employed by King Soopers and City Market in Colorado, could go out on strike if the members don't approve a proposed contract. Members will vote March 14 and 15.

The union said in a release the deal includes no raises for nearly half of all workers, decreased benefits and increased costs for health care, fewer full-time jobs and fewer hours for part-time workers, and more "gig economy" jobs that don't support families.

The current contract expired in mid-January, Colorado Public Radio reports, and quoted a Kroger Co. release saying the offer is "fair" and "best in class" for health benefits.

There are roughly a dozen King Soopers stores in the Pikes Peak region.

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