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King Soopers operates a chain of supermarkets in Colorado. Many of the stores are unionized, with the grocery and delicatessen employees at such stores being represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), and the bakery employees at such stores being represented by the Bakery Workers. Both Unions have had long standing bargaining relationships in multi-store bargaining units covering all company stores located within the Denver metropolitan area.
The multi-store Denver-area collective-bargaining agreements contained language that ceded to the Unions jurisdiction to represent employees at all existing stores and any future stores established by King Soopers within the agreements' geographic limits before the agreements expired.
One store, established in 1987, was located in a facility at 120th Avenue in Broomfield. It was King Soopers' first and only store in Broomfield. It fell just outside the parameters of the geographic limits of the Denver-area multi-store …