Kroger and union reach one-year labor pact

No raises and few new terms but bargaining team hopes short-term deal results in better benefits as ObamaCare goes forward
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Apr 5, 2013

Workers at 26 Kroger Stores ratified new one-year agreements that protect livable wages and affordable, quality health care and benefits, according to a union spokeswoman. 

Workers in grocery and non-foods departments, and in meat departments are represented by two separate contracts.

The new agreement includes no increase in weekly co-pay and no change in benefits over the term of the contract; it also introduces a health risk questionnaire program.

The intention behind the short contract is to focus on a universal benefit agreement and maintain quality, affordable healthcare for UFCW Local 75 members working at Kroger stores along the I-75 corridor in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. 

The contract also provides lump sum bonuses and language improvements allowing workers to transfer between grocery and meat contracts.

The new agreement expires March 29, 2014.

"The bargaining committee worked diligently to reach a contract we hope is a pathway to better benefits in the future," said Brigid Kelly, a spokeswoman for UFCW Local 75, which represents thousands of workers in the food and grocery industry in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, with several hundred in the Northcoast region. Kroger has stores in Port Clinton and Sandusky. 

The one-year deal was a better option for members because of some uncertainty with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. 

The shorter term of the contract — one year versus the normal three years — will enable the union to seek 
"better and more affordable benefits for our members," Kelly said."There needs to be clarity and direction in terms of (implementing) the law. We need to know what it says and what the conditions and terms are."

Comments

VOTENO

They will soon become part time employees. No benefits for you.

IT'S ME

LOL, the Unions who made their members vote for Obama still don't understand Obama Care?? And good job paying all those union dues, the union was looking out for you! NO RAISE and you have to tell them if your fat or smoke, LOL!

Gardenman

Glad things worked out............I love my Kroger store. Devoted shopper there.

Bluto

I agree with Gardenman . Krogers has some very nice employees . I am sure both the company and the workers made sacrifices to make things work . Why do the union haters have to be so negative even when both sides come to a mutual agreement ? Jealousy , and envy are a childs weakness

VOTENO

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"You got me" says voteno, as he puts on his blue vest to head out to another day of work.

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Pterocarya frax...

I love you too sweetheart.

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Pterocarya frax...

You just can't leave it alone, can you? Okay, you are right. I just don't say it to men.

shucks

My apologies.
Apparently VOTENO was being a smartass.

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BW1

Bluto, the reason is that it's never a VOLUNTARY mutual agreement. There is always the shadow of union coersion standing in the corner because current law stacks the deck in the union's favor.

Unions are an agreement not to compete. If any other group of business entities tried to make such an agreement, they'd be slapped with antitrust violations.

Bluto

Laws stacked in unions favor ? How long were the laws stacked in favor of big business ? I suppose you long for the days of long hours , poor pay , child labor , and hazardous working conditions . All made better by union intervention . Not just for union workers either , but for all workers by raising the standards for workers rights in every industry .

kURTje

People who work for a living. Yet hate directed towards them. errrrrrrrrrr

looking around

Walmart employees take note, this is what you could accomplish if you had a union!

VOTENO

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looking around

Sounds to me like they have a contract with what they consider a living wage with benefits, bonus programs and health insurance. I'd pay dues for that.

swiss cheese kat

@looking around
Not all Kroger workers are union members. smh. There are several non-union Kroger stores located throughout the US.

looking around

And where would these stores be located? Don't you think that Union as well as Non Union members benefited by a negotiated contract that set the standard for all Krogers workers....

Darkhorse

Obama got the last laugh on the union by introducing Obama Care that will cut all employees down to part-time. Next year, they could all be part-time workers.

looking around

Darkhorse so are you working part time? Wondering if you have any health insurance or employee benefits? You seem to be hoping that folks will lose theirs.

swiss cheese kat

The low information voters that voted for obama are gonna lose, you can take that to the bank.

looking around

Really Swiss? LOL that would be the majority of voters, Get over it he won the election and is also YOUR President for four more years......you can take that to the bank!

goofus

Dumbest website you have ever linked porch puppy, no refudiation of facts at all, just statements of lies.

The Big Dog's back

The lies are all refudiated. All.

swiss cheese kat

Give it a rest pup.

Some truths about obamacare for big pup.

Obamacare mandates that insurance companies use size 12 font or greater.

Section 2953 of Obamacare calls for educating adolescents about financial literacy to prepare them for adulthood. Duh.

Language in Obamacare specifically prohibits companies operating health and wellness programs from collecting information about gun ownership or usage. Obamacare protecting gun rights? Say it aint so.

The Coast Guard is listed among the agencies responsible for determining how to improve health care quality. Really? lmao.

Section 9023 of obamacare is about legislation that would increase taxes on the middle class. Dumbfounded.

$500 million was spent in a marketing campaign about preventive care that specifies humor can be used. That right.

If you have a really great health plan, you get hit with a 40% excise tax. No kidding.

Section 1501 of obamacare states unequivocally that Obamacare will lower health insurance premiums. Now I really am lmao.

Really big pup, you should read obamacare for yourself before you become another fool. Darn you already are one.

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swiss cheese Kat

According to this, it sounds pretty good.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mo...

Where did you get your information?

The Big Dog's back

If anyone's a tool sck, it's you. Did you read what you copied and pasted?

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