Talks resumed Thursday between grocery stores and the union representing more than 20,000 of their workers at QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Albertson’s. If the talks fail, the union could go on strike. And that has grocery stores preparing to hire replacements.
A sign outside a Safeway store in lower Queen Anne advertises for temporary workers for $12 an hour. The reason: a “potential labor dispute.” Tom Geiger, a spokesman for the grocery workers, says he’s not surprised.