Approximately 350 King Soopers Marketplace workers in Arvada, Colorado, joined UFCW Local 7 on May 9. Employees at the newly opened store are excited to have a voice in the workplace, union insurance and a pension. As members of UFCW Local 7, they will also receive credit for prior experience within the company and in other retail stores, which will help them reach journeyman status.
On May 15, UFCW International President Marc Perrone responded to news that Amazon Go stores, which replace cashiers with technology, would be opening in Chicago and San Francisco. According to Bloomberg, the Amazon Go store concept saves customers just 50 seconds and employs up to three fewer people compared with the average U.S. convenience store.
Perrone’s statement reads as follows:
“This isn’t about technology or convenience, this is about Amazon’s and Jeff Bezos’ greed.
“Amazon’s unchecked expansion of this job-killing store concept should be of great concern to everyone who lives and works in America.
“It is time for elected leaders to stop being fooled by Amazon’s HQ2 search and see this company for what it really is – a monopoly that threatens millions of American jobs and hard-working families.”