- United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 voted on Wednesday to authorize a strike at Giant food store locations around Washington, D.C., assuming a deal cannot be reached to finalize a new contract.
- UFCW-affiliated workers at D.C.-area Safeway stores were also scheduled to vote on strike authorization Wednesday.
- A contract for the workers expired on Oct 31, but has been extended though Dec. 20 while negotiations take place.
It's going to be an ugly holiday season for these stores and employees around D.C. if a contract agreement can't be reached. Giant and Safeway together make up the largest block of grocery stores for the region, which means a labor interruption could be quite visible.