With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.
The union members said they are upset over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.
The contract being negotiated covers about 30,000 employees of Fred Meyer, QFC, Albertsons, and Safeway. The stores are located in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties.
Last month, the workers staged informational pickets in the area to step up pressure on their employers and to get their message out to customers.