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Picket in front of downtown Tacoma grocer appears to be over

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:06 am with No Comments »
January 4, 2013 11:08 am

A picket line that operated in downtown Tacoma for almost 16 months appears to be over.

Tacoma City Grocer opened Sept. 7, 2011. A local union picketed from that day until Jan. 2, 2013. File photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

The handful of picketers who have stood on a Pacific Avenue sidewalk on behalf of UFCW Local 367 haven’t been seen in front of the Tacoma City Grocer since Wednesday.

This morning, they weren’t there either, so I called Local 367 president Denise Jagielo to find out if the picketers were taking a break, or if the picket was over.

“The local union has done what it’s going to do in downtown Tacoma at this point,” she said. “We believe our efforts were successful in what we were trying to accomplish.”

As I started to ask her for more details on that, she hung up on me.

Tacoma City Grocer owner Tyler Myers told me this morning that he was glad to hear it was over, but that his approach hadn’t changed and that he hasn’t had any contact with the union.

“They’ve never contacted me. I think they know my position,” he said. As for the store itself, Myers said sales continue to improve each month.

“I still believe it’s the right store in the right location, and it’s the right size,” Myers said. “It will do better and better the more people who live and work downtown.”

Read more about this story in tomorrow’s News Tribune.

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