This is What Union Solidarity Looks & Feels Like:
UFCW Local 7 Workers on Strike, 770 Has Your Backs!
When Armando Galvez and Andres Medina from UFCW 770 heard that UFCW 7 grocery workers in Colorado were going on strike, they took the first plane they could to join them on the picket line in solidarity.
Over 8,000 grocery workers at dozens of Kroger-owned stores in Colorado went on strike early Monday morning after contract talks reached an impasse. The workers are demanding fair pay and new security requirements after a mass shooting killed 10 people at one of the stores in Boulder last year. One 17-year employee lamented that workers “can’t afford to live in the communities that [they] serve anymore.’
While on the picket line one of the workers Matt shared with Armando that for months Kroger denied the worker demands for security in the stores after 10 people were fatally shot, but as soon as the strike started Kroger hired security to monitor the workers.
“The temperatures are cold here”, said Andres. “They are hovering around 20 to 30 degrees, but I need these workers to know we have their backs. No matter how cold it gets, we are here to fight for a fair contract, and stand with them in solidarity.”
“We need the company to know that we are in this together”, said Armando. “We have Local 7’s back in their fight and we know they will have our back in our fight. We are all one Union and we will not be divided.”