CINCINNATI, July 30, 2014 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) Cincinnati/Dayton Division associates working at Kroger stores in metro and surrounding areas have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 75. It merges the formerly separate Cincinnati and Dayton contracts.
This new agreement is mutually beneficial to both our associates and the company, making transfers and promotions across boundaries easier while providing more job and career choices for our associates.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This agreement provides wage increases, affordable health care and investment in our associates' pension fund to support their retirement," said Sukanya Madlinger, president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton Division. "This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting this agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day."
The contract covers 12,766 associates working in 76 stores in Cincinnati and 4,945 associates working in 32 stores in Dayton.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.