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Tentative deal reached with Colorado Kroger grocery workers

City Market store in Carbondale.
Post Independent file

DENVER (AP) — The union representing Colorado grocery store workers has reached a tentative deal to avoid a strike at King Soopers and City Market stores.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 said Monday that the deal was reached with the local subsidiary of Ohio-based Kroger after marathon talks over the weekend. It still must be approved by workers.

King Soopers and City Market called the deal good news for their “associates, customers and communities.”

The grocery chain operates several City Market stores in the Roaring Fork Valley, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel and Aspen, and along the Interstate 70 corridor in New Castle and Rifle.

It comes two weeks after workers voted to authorize a strike after talks broke down.

In a summary of the deal, the union said it included wages increases for all workers, affordable health care and additional pension contributions.

King Soopers and City Market employ about 23,000 workers statewide and the union represents about 12,000 of them.

Glenwood Springs Post Independent staff contributed to this report.

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