Grocery worker negotiations stalled

Grocery worker negotiations stalled
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PORTLAND, Ore. – You might want to buy your turkey and stuffing now.

That's because the looming possibility of a strike at big grocery store chains could put a major wrinkle in Thanksgiving plans.

Employees at Safeway, QFC, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores are holding a strike authorization vote this next week. However, Bill Pronovost with the UFCW Local 555 told KATU News that Portland stores would not be affected by a strike in Washington.

Grocery stores say they still want to negotiate. However, we're told the union – representing 25,000 workers – has broken off talks.

The authorization vote does not necessarily mean there will be a strike. The strike would only come if the authorization vote falls apart.

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