Union leaders for about 21,000 workers at four major grocery store chains in the Puget Sound area are threatening a strike at 7 p.m. Monday unless they reach an agreement on a labor contract with employers.

A strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers could affect QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason counties.

Grocery workers on Saturday learned their employers have withdrawn a demand concerning pay.

Stores did not want to guarantee workers would make a dime above minimum wage. That's out now, but there are still other disagreements on wages and health care

On Saturday, union members began collecting food donations to help striking workers.

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