Dauphin’s Safeway is facing a potential strike, as early as March 18.
Local store employees will be participating in a strike vote meeting in the last week of February.
Jeff Traeger, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832, talks about the bargaining process so far:
“Originally, we started the bargaining process on December 7 and 8, and those dates were cancelled by the employer. We had four days scheduled for January 15 and the employer came in on the first day and tabled what I would only describe as massive concessions that would affect wages, the benefits plan, the dental plan, vacations, and premiums. Pretty much anywhere there was any money in the agreement, the employer was looking to roll it back and make savings.”
The concessions will impact approximately 100 Dauphin Safeway store employees.