ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Nearly 90 percent of Schnucks employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 rejected the company’s latest contract offer.

“My hope is with this overwhelming rejection this evening, it sends a clear message to the company that it’s time to come to the table with a reasonable offer,” Cook says.

He says the company’s been unreasonable and that his union members have accepted contracts to benefit the company over the last nine years. During that time, Cook says the company and its profits have grown.

“My members are not looking to get rich. They’re not looking to retire as billionaires and live on a sandy beach someplace. They just want to be able to work, provide healthcare for their families, provide a decent standard or living with respect on the job,” Cook says.

With the latest contract offer overwhelmingly rejected, will employees strike? While they voted to authorize a strike, Cook says no strike is imminent.

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