Kroger Workers Ratify Three-Year Contract

Jun 18, 2010, 20:03 ET from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 876

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new contract was ratified today by Kroger workers belonging to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 876 affecting approximately 12,000 workers at 118 Michigan stores. The new three-year agreement, which received the unanimous recommendation of the union's bargaining committee, achieved the membership's top bargaining goals – protecting their health care coverage and pension benefits.

"Michigan's poor economy and high unemployment rate made these contract negotiations very difficult," Roger Robinson, Local 876 president, and chief union negotiator, said. "Despite these tough circumstances, we were able to deliver on the members' main goals of protecting their health insurance and pension benefits. The bargaining committee fought hard, stood up to Kroger's unreasonable demands and left the bargaining table confident they reached the best contact possible without taking drastic action."  

Members will receive hourly wage increases and bonuses throughout the term of the contract.

UFCW Local 876 represents over 17,000 workers in eastern and northern Michigan including employees at Kroger, CVS, Rite Aid, and numerous commercial work sites. The UFCW International is among the largest private sector unions in the country with over 1.4 million members.

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