Unemployment might be high, but that isn't stopping Denver-area grocery store workers from preparing to strike. But they emphasize that they're trying to avoid one, according to theÂ Denver Business Journal , which reports that the workers at Safeway's regional distribution center voted to strike on or after May 9, when a five-year contract for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local No. 7 expires. Kris Staaf, director of public affairs for Safeway's Denver-area division says Safeway hopes to avoid a strike, adding "nobody wins." Still, Safeway and King Soopers, which could also be affected by a strike, began advertising for hundreds of new jobs to replace employees if a contract agreement isn't reached, according toÂ News13 Â in Colorado Springs andÂ The Denver Post , which points out that the UFCW is the state's largest union, with about 23,000 members.