LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) associates working at Kroger in the Louisville division have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 227.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and investment in our associates' pension fund to support their retirement," said Calvin Kaufman, president of Kroger's Louisville 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 the agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day."
The contract covers nearly 14,000 associates working in 89 stores in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,625 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 782 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,330 supermarket fuel centers and 37 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 community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.