Washington grocery workers move closer to strike

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SEATTLE — About 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers are edging closer to a strike.

Union leaders are warning that workers could walk off the job Monday evening at four grocery chains if no contract agreement is reached. A 72-hour strike notice was given Friday night to QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores.

Organizers were gathering Saturday night to launch a food donation drive to support the striking workers.

Union members in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason counties have rejected current proposals and voted to authorize a strike. The last area grocery strike was in 1989 and lasted nearly three months.