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Grocery Stores to Stay Open, Even If Workers Strike

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By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis region's three largest grocery chains say they're prepared to keep their doors open in the event of a work stoppage next week.

Some 10,000 union employees who work at area Shop & Save, Dierbergs and Schnucks stores could go on strike as early as Tuesday.

The union rejected a four-year contract offer this week from the Greater St. Louis Food Employers' Council.

Council attorney Michael Kaemmerer believes the rank and file may come to see the merits of the contract given more time to study it.

"Voting to strike is an incredibly individual decision," Kaemmerer said. "We're confident in our associates. I mean frankly, we like the fact they've got more time to study this offer. It's not the easiest document in the world, you know."

Kaemmerer said the council has already started to hire replacement workers should there be a strike.

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