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Sep 25, 2009 8:35 AM by Associated Press

Colorado Springs grocery workers reject contract

Unionzed workers at Safeway and King Soopers grocery stores in Colorado Springs have joined Denver-area workers in rejecting final contract offers from the two chains and reauthorizing a strike.

Crisanta Duran, the union's associate counsel, said Thursday that members of United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 7 voted against the proposed five-year contract. No details were available on the margin of defeat or how many of the more than 1,700 members voted.

Denver-area Safeway and King Soopers workers rejected the contract earlier this week.

The union has been negotiating new contracts for about 17,000 workers at Kroger Co.'s King Soopers and City Market chains, Safeway and Albertsons. King Soopers, City Market and Safeway workers are voting on contracts through Oct. 6. Albertsons workers haven't scheduled votes yet.

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