SEATTLE — Negotiations resumed Wednesday between representatives of three employers and several locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union a day after members of one local voted to authorize a strike.

Members of UFCW Local 367 in the Tacoma, Wash., area voted in favor of a strike by a margin of 99%. Their Seattle counterparts voted last month to authorize a strike by a 98% margin.


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"We need to see the employers make proposals that respect the hard work and loyalty of the grocery store workers," said Denise Jagielo, president of Local 367. "The companies are doing well, and the CEOs of these companies are being paid millions as they propose to cut the pay and benefits of their working class employees, and that is not acceptable."

The unions are negotiating with Albertsons, Safeway and Kroger-owned Fred Meyer and Quality Food Centers.

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