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Fred Meyer warehouse workers vote to authorize strike, contract negotiations continue

The contract between the union and Fred Meyer is set to expire Sunday, July 18. If a new contract isn't reached, a work stoppage could happen Monday at midnight.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Warehouse workers for Fred Meyer in western Washington voted unanimously Saturday to authorize a strike if a new contract agreement can't be reached soon. 

Teamsters Local 117, the union warehouse workers, said a strike could potentially cause food distribution disruptions at 180 grocery stores across Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. 

According to the union, the vote to authorize a strike at Fred Meyer comes just a day after the union reached a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Safeway over a 3-year contract. The union is expected to vote on that contract Sunday.

"We are happy to see that Safeway put forth a fair contract offer that our members will be voting on tomorrow," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117 in a written statement Saturday. "Unfortunately, Fred Meyer continues to ignore our concerns for the safety of workers and the public. The Company pays lip service to the importance of essential workers but is unwilling to make proposals that honor the sacrifices and indispensable contributions these workers have made throughout the pandemic."

The contract between the union and Fred Meyer is set to expire Sunday, July 18. With the vote to authorize a strike, a work stoppage could be called by the union as early as Monday at midnight.