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What’s behind next year’s 9% minimum wage increase in Denver and Colorado

At The Preservery, a neighborhood eatery in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, the cost of food and other expenses has gone up at least 20% since the pandemic. Rent is higher. There are also additional costs to boost job openings online, which has “for sure” added 60% to recruitment expenses, said co-owner Whitney Ariss. But faced with […]

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How a Colorado McDonald’s weathered the Great Resignation with fiesta-themed birthday parties

Tucked in the corner of Longmont, the classic yellow sign seems like any other McDonald’s. The waft of french fries, bustling employees and children running for the playpen. But step inside, and you’ll be greeted with fiesta decorations and birthday cakes.  The so-called Great Resignation took a toll on fast-food restaurants all over Colorado, and […]

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Two King Soopers workers file unfair labor charge against union after getting fined for crossing the picket line

Two King Soopers employees who crossed the picket lines as union grocery employees went on strike in January for better wages — and were then fined by the union — filed an unfair labor charge against the union on Monday. According to the complaint, the union fined Nick Hall $812 and Marcelo Ruybal $3,799. In […]

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King Soopers union employees approve 3-year contract after striking at Denver-area stores

Workers at Denver-area King Soopers grocery stores approved a new three-year contract on Monday that includes wage increases of more than $5 an hour for some employees, which the union called “the most significant wage increase ever secured by a United Food and Commercial Workers local for grocery workers.” The contract also creates more full-time […]

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King Soopers strike ends after union reaches tentative deal with grocer

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 said Friday morning that it has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with King Soopers, ending a strike that began more than a week ago. The union said the deal will provide the wages and protections deserved by workers, who were considered essential during the pandemic. The […]

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Judge issues temporary restraining order against union as King Soopers strike heads into second week

A week into the planned three-week labor strikes outside 77 King Soopers stores from Boulder to Parker and there’s no new contract in sight. And now, there’s also a temporary restraining order.  King Soopers on Tuesday said that a court granted the restraining order against the union because the “union’s actions were unlawful and unsafe […]

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What’s Working: The King Soopers labor strike isn’t Colorado’s first. Here’s why we’ll probably see more.

If you haven’t heard, King Soopers employees are on strike to protest unfair labor practices. Not all of them — only those at 77 stores from Boulder to Parker. But more may join soon as employment contracts in Pueblo, Fort Collins, Greeley and elsewhere expire this month or next. United Food and Commercial Workers Local […]

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PHOTOS: King Soopers workers strike for higher wages

As the King Soopers strike enters day three at 77 Denver-area grocery stores, negotiations appear no closer to a new contract. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 members remain spirited and rallied Thursday across the street from the Glendale store. Striking workers and union leaders asked the grocer to get its local leaders […]

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As strikes begin, it’s King Soopers vs. the union vs. … the workers?

The split between King Soopers and the employee union was clear Wednesday as union workers went on strike at 77 Denver-area grocery stores.  Less clear, however, was whether employees were being heard by those who’ve spent months at the negotiating table.  “We’re put in the middle of two groups of people that are not looking […]