Bargaining Begins for King Soopers and City Market


November 17th, 2021

Company and UFCW Local 7 bargaining committees met Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17 to kick-off negotiations on your new contract.

We know these discussions are important to you. They are important to our company, too. The resulting contract will guide your compensation and our operations for the next several years.

Negotiations Are A Process
Negotiations are about finding areas of agreement and working through issues where we disagree. It’s about allocating available resources in a balanced way for your wages, health care, pension and other benefits. It’s about meeting your needs and keeping our stores competitive, too.

In our opening session, Division President Joe Kelley spoke to the bargaining committees and those King Soopers / City Market associates attending the session. We shared Joe’s comments earlier this week and you can view them on our website,

The company and union also exchanged initial non-economic language proposals. The union proposed more than 75 items for each of the Clerks and Meat contracts. The company spent most of their time reviewing and considering these extensive proposals. We know the union may push for many things that we cannot do or that would make our stores less competitive in this market. We also understand the union will ask for some things we may be able to support.

Our Commitment
In keeping with our promise to be open and transparent, we have provided a copy of our initial proposals that you can review and download on our website, We’ve included information on why we are making these proposals. Remember: these are initial proposals and a starting point from which we will bargain and have discussions with the union.

Keep in mind it’s early and we are at the very start of talks. We encourage you to learn as much as you can. We will provide you information about key issues. The union will, too. Read and consider them both, so when the time comes for you to vote on an agreement, you can make the decision that is right for you.

We will provide open and transparent updates that we will share in huddles, updates on, on FEED and on store bulletin boards. If you have any questions, please talk to your store leader or email your questions to

Thank you for all that you are doing to take care of your customers and each other.

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