Grocery store employees to vote on strike this week

SEATTLE -- Thousands of grocery employees at four grocery store chains will meet this week to vote on the latest round of contract proposals offered by grocers, but union leadership says employees will likely vote to strike.

QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertson's would be effected by a grocer strike. A union spokesperson said employees will vote on these contract proposals this week and a strike could be announced as early as Wednesday.

Employees aren't satisfied with their latest contract for a variety of reasons. According to the union, healthcare coverage would be cut for thousands of part-time laborers and there was no significant raise for employees in the new contract. Employees also want better holiday pay.

Union members are scheduled to vote in Lynnwood and Bremerton on Tuesday.