With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.
The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.
Unionized grocery workers in the region say they're glad they didn't have to go on strike. But they say the threat of a massive walk out was what helped them get a new contract they could accept. Votes tallied over the weekend show a resounding 95% approval.
With just a week to go before Thanksgiving, there's new hope in the grocery workers contract dispute. Negotiators are back at the table today after a resounding majority of union members threatened to go on strike.