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Portland Grocery Workers May Go on Strike

Plus, two new happy hours with $5 snacks and drinks

Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the weekly Stuff Eater PDX Didn’t Cover column, also known as EaterWire. Sure, Eater PDX covered some stuff this holiday week — like a new St. Johns pizzeria and cement(less) milkshakes — but there were a few little news nuggets that never got their day on the homepage. Read on to learn about some brand-new happy hours, the ticket drop for Wild About Game, and a grocery worker strike in Portland.

PORTLAND GROCERY STRIKE — The Portland-area workers of the United Food and Commercial Workers union have voted to approve a strike against Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway. Basically, that means that — if the rest of the unit votes to approve it — grocery workers across Oregon and SW Washington can go on strike at any time. The grocery stores have been bargaining with workers, who are trying to improve wages and eliminate what they say is a significant pay gap between male and female workers at Fred Meyer (they claim it’s a $3.70 difference). Those in support of the workers can sign a petition of solidarity. [Official]

COME ON GET HAPPY — Two Portland restaurants, Tekka Bar and Pastini, have started new happy hours. The former, a restaurant specializing in sushi and hand rolls, is offering snacks for $3, $4, and $5 dollars, while Oregon Italian restaurant chain Pastini has an extensive menu of dishes in the $3 to $6 range, with $5 cocktails and glasses of wine. Tekka’s happy hour is daily from 3 to 6 p.m., while Pastini’s is available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Fridays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

GETTING WILD Wild About Game, the meaty battle of the chefs in the Mt. Hood area, is a favorite among Portland’s food community, and its tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. This year, chefs BJ Smith (Delores), AJ Voytko ( Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar), Diane Lim (Revelry), and Matthew Jarrell (Imperial) will represent Portland, with advance tickets clocking in at $85 per person. [EaterWire]

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