Union grocery workers for four major chains in Western Washington are giving contract talks one final shot before a possible strike.

Union leaders say if the stores don't come up with a fair three year contract, they will walk off the job at Albertson s, QFC, Safeway and Fred Meyer stores.

If they don't turn a near 180, we will be ready to strike, said Tom Geiger, Communications Director for UFCW Local 21.

Geiger says contract talks are set for Thursday and could last a few days, depending whether any progress is made.

Grocery workers voted 98 percent in favor of a strike last month if contract talks break down.
The workers want the companies to keep health care benefits for employees working less than 30 hours per week, along with holiday pay and a wage increase.

By union rules, the stores must receive a 72-hour notice before a strike.

The last major grocery strike in Western Washington was in 1989.

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