Denver King Soopers workers vote against contract
Denver Unionized King Soopers grocery workers in the Denver area have overwhelmingly voted against a five-year offer from the company.
Union officials say Denver-area employees voted Monday to urge the company to return to the bargaining table.
Thousands of union members along Colorado’s Front Range are voting this week on a new contract. Union spokeswoman Laura Chapin said a preliminary review of the ballots Monday night showed that Denver-area workers overwhelmingly voted to send negotiators back to King Soopers to come up with a better proposal.
A final tally for all the workers along the Front Range will be made Wednesday.
King Soopers spokeswoman Diane Mulligan said the company was disappointed to hear about the vote, but added the company will continue to try to reach an agreement with the union.
The contract with workers represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 expired May 9. The union and company disagree on raises, pension benefits and a two-tier system that offers fewer benefits to newer employees. The union wants all workers to receive the same pay and benefits.
Meanwhile, King Soopers has accused the union of disrupting business by sending representatives in groups to stores to talk to workers on the sales floor, hand out union fliers and buttons and talk to customers. The company asked a federal judge to block the union’s actions, but a hearing isn’t scheduled until Thursday, after voting wraps up.
King Soopers, which is part of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., has offered raises of 25 cents an hour for top-level employees in the first three years of the contract and raises of 30 cents an hour for the last two years of the contract, spokeswoman Diane Mulligan said.
The union said most employees would have wages frozen.
Depend brand teams up with sports stars for prostate awareness
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark, through its Depend brand has partnered with Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. As part of the program, the Depend brand has aligned with a team of sports legends, including Ken Griffey, Sr., Jim Colbert and Joe Cortez, who each have a unique experience with prostate cancer.
From now through 2010, proceeds from the purchase of each package of Depend Underwear for Men and Depend Guards for Men will contribute to a final donation of $250,000 to Zero to help fund education for patients, free screenings for those at risk and cancer research.
“Our hope for future generations is that prostate cancer becomes a thing of the past,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of Zero. “We commend Kimberly-Clark and the Depend brand for their commitment to helping us eradicate this disease.”
Film sponsorship continues
Target this week continues its long-running sponsorship of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 18 to 28, is also being sponsored by Abbott Laboratories’ ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars.
Target has been a Los Angeles Film Festival premier sponsor for nine years running and will be honoring Festival filmmakers at the Target Filmmaker Awards Gala, where they will distribute the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Target Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000. Target also sponsors CineCultura – a Festival program honoring Latin films and filmmakers programmed in the Festival.