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October 17th, 2020

Update on Meetings with Local 455 this Week

Kroger Houston and Local 455 remain at impasse in negotiations. We spent much of our time this week listening to Local 455’s proposal to merge the South-Central Health and Welfare Fund into the Memphis Health and Welfare Fund. The Memphis Fund is the same type of health and welfare trust fund as South-Central. During our discussions, we asked specific questions surrounding the effective date of the proposal, contribution rates for our associates, which service providers the plan would utilize, and the stability of the Memphis Fund. The Union has requested more time to be able to answer these questions. As we’ve mentioned previously, the following items are critical for our associ...

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News & Updates

Negotiations

October 13th, 2020

Quick Update on Your Contract

Our focus continues to remain on you, providing you with more pay and securing and stabilizing your health care benefits in a company-administered plan. In case you missed it, here are some important reminders: For el...

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News

October 8th, 2020

Look for More Money in Your October 15 Paycheck

Just a quick reminder that effective October 4, 2020, Kroger implemented the wage package from our Last, Best and Final Offer. These new wages will be reflected in your October 15 paycheck. That’s good news and means:...

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Negotiations

October 1st, 2020

Every Vote Counts – Including Yours!

With the upcoming elections, voting is on everyone’s mind. We respect your right to participate in the democratic process by voting, and we believe your union likely does as well.  We hope that Local 455 also supports...

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News

September 25th, 2020

We Hear You!

Over the last few weeks, we have heard your frustrations and concerns on not being able to vote and have a voice on our Last, Best and Final Offer, including missing out on the earlier Ratification Bonus. We want you ...

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Get the Facts

September 24th, 2020

Fact Check on Union Communication

We remain at bargaining impasse or deadlocked and continue to move forward with implementing our Last, Best and Final Offer. Since negotiations began in February, we have been very transparent on our proposals and off...

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News

September 17th, 2020

Company Notifies Union on Implementation of Additional Items

As you know, we are moving forward with implementing the terms of our Last, Best and Final Offer initially with wage improvements and health care benefits through a company-administered plan. As a reminder, wage incre...

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Get the Facts

September 17th, 2020

Setting the Record Straight

Your union recently published a handbill comparing their proposed health care benefits through the South-Central Fund vs. benefits through our proposed company-administered plan. We’ve heard concerns from some of you ...

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Get the Facts

September 12th, 2020

Let’s Talk About the Facts….

Your union is proposing to increase the cost for your benefits As a matter of fact, not only is Local 455 proposing to keep your benefits in the South-Central Fund, they are proposing to significantly increase your co...

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Negotiations

September 9th, 2020

Company Moves Forward with Wage Increases and Health Care in Company-Administered Plan

We truly appreciate your continued focus on your job and our customers. As you know, your union has not allowed you to vote on the company’s offer. We have heard from many of you that you want the opportunity to vote ...

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September 5th, 2020

Negotiations Update

We know it’s a big weekend as we gear up for Labor Day on Monday. Thank you for your continued commitment to serve our customers and communities. We wanted to share a negotiations update with you. As you know, on Augu...

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Negotiations

September 3rd, 2020

Company and Union Remain Deadlocked on Health Care

Thank you for your patience during the negotiation process. During our sessions this week, union bargaining committee members had the opportunity to discuss their concerns, including those with moving away from the So...

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Negotiations

September 2nd, 2020

Thank You and Company Update

The last few weeks have been tough especially for our Kroger family in Louisiana and southeast Texas. We know many of you are still recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Thank you for all your efforts to ser...

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Get the Facts

August 25th, 2020

Get the Facts on our Last Best Final Offer

We have been open and transparent, posting all our proposals with explanations, including our Last Best and Final Offer for you to download and review. Let’s be clear:  The company and union are deadlocked (at impasse...

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Negotiations

August 19th, 2020

Kroger Houston Provides Last, Best and Final Offer

After 26 days of negotiations, the company and union are deadlocked. Healthcare has completely frustrated and stalled negotiations and meaningful discussions for the terms of a new contract. In a final effort to break...

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Negotiations

August 17th, 2020

Company Remains Committed to Providing Secure, Affordable Healthcare

As you know, the company provided a Comprehensive Best Offer to the union. Our offer is a very good offer. Our proposal: Increases wages for all associates Provides secure, affordable health care benefits Stabilizes p...

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Negotiations

August 13th, 2020

Company Provides Comprehensive Best Offer

In a show of good faith bargaining and to address Local 455’s concerns on several of our proposals, the company withdrew our meat contract merger and orientation proposals this week. We have also incorporated several ...

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Negotiations

August 11th, 2020

Company and Union Agree: Benefit Changes Are Necessary

Today, UFCW Local 455 provided a counter proposal on health care benefits to the company. The union’s proposal includes higher associate contribution rates, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, and increases hours ...

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Negotiations

August 5th, 2020

Company Provides Comprehensive Offer to Union that Increases Wages and Secures Health Care and Pension Benefits

Today, Kroger presented a Comprehensive Offer to UFCW Local 455. It is a good offer and does the following: Improves wages for all associates – this increase is in addition to the wage increase you received in October...

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Negotiations

July 31st, 2020

Company Health Care Proposal Guarantees Quality Coverage and Managed Costs for the Life of the Contract

New Plan Improves Coverage for South-Central Fund Participants You have told us you want to be able to count on stable health care benefits for you and your family. You want to be able to go to the doctor and seek aff...

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Negotiations

July 29th, 2020

Company and Union Resume Bargaining

Kroger and UFCW Local 455 met two days this week to bargain your new contract. We made some progress during our sessions. The bargaining committees tentatively agreed on several non-economic language items. The partie...

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Negotiations

July 22nd, 2020

Stable, Secure, Affordable Health Care for Kroger Associates and Families

You have told us that you want your benefits to be stable and secure. Our proposal provides stability and security – your benefit coverage and associate contributions would be guaranteed through the life of the contra...

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Get the Facts

July 20th, 2020

Fact vs. Fiction

It’s unfortunate that the union has been misrepresenting our proposals. We’ve been very open and transparent; however, the union continues to mislead you with their rhetoric. Here are some examples of facts around our...

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Negotiations

July 14th, 2020

Why a Company-Administered Plan for Health Care?

Health care benefits are important to you. They are important to the company, too. That’s why we provide these benefits to you as a valued associate. Our health care proposal addresses the following: Provides secure, ...

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Negotiations

July 9th, 2020

Kroger Co Health and Welfare Proposal

Kroger Houston division wants to provide secure and affordable health care benefits for the life of your contract. As a reminder, your health care benefits over the last few years have been anything but stable. Despit...

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Negotiations

July 8th, 2020

Video: Understanding Your Health Care Benefits

Understanding health care benefits can be challenging, below is a brief video to help explain key definitions of your benefits plan.

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Negotiations

July 8th, 2020

Company Provides Initial Health Care Proposal

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 met again this week. During these meetings, the company shared a health care proposal with the union. Prior to sharing our proposal, we explained that moving forward our health care b...

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Negotiations

June 24th, 2020

Company and Union Continue Discussions

The company and union bargaining parties met again this week in a small subcommittee to discuss your new contract.  We continued to exchange and discuss non-economic proposals. During our discussions this week, the co...

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Negotiations

June 19th, 2020

Bargaining Continues – New Dates Scheduled

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 continued to meet this week to negotiate a new contract for Houston associates. We continued our discussions and made some progress. Negotiations are a process. We have the task of ba...

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Negotiations

June 15th, 2020

Contract Extension Through July 18

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 agreed to extend your current contract through July 18, 2020. As communicated in a previous update, the company and union have also scheduled more bargaining dates, including June 18-...

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Negotiations

June 13th, 2020

Negotiations Resume Next Week

The company and union have scheduled more bargaining dates, including June 18-19 and June 23-24. We will continue to review and exchange language proposals as well as begin discussions on economics, including health c...

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Negotiations

March 19th, 2020

Subcommittees Meet to Discuss Ongoing Negotiations

Today, a subcommittee of the Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 bargaining parties met to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on current negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreemen...

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Negotiations

March 12th, 2020

Company and Union Meet to Discuss Initial Proposals

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 met today to discuss and respond to each other’s initial proposals made on February 27, 2020. The parties tentatively agreed on the following items: Vacations: If an associate passes ...

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Negotiations

March 10th, 2020

Company and Union to Bargain March 12-13

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 are scheduled to meet later this week on March 12-13 to bargain your new contract. In our last session, the company presented the union with an initial language proposal, which we als...

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Negotiations

February 27th, 2020

Company Makes Initial Language Proposal

Attached is Kroger Houston’s initial set of contract proposals that we shared with the union today. To review our complete proposal, go to www.krogerhoustoncba.com. You can download a copy of our proposal with explana...

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Negotiations

February 26th, 2020

Company and Union Meet to Discuss Meat Contract

Today, the company met with the union to negotiate the Meat contract. Our division Meat Merchandiser was present to share information about the current state of our Meat business. For the last several years, our Meat ...

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Negotiations

February 25th, 2020

Bargaining Committees Continue Discussions

Regular updates on the negotiation process are important. They help you stay informed while letting you focus on your work and our customers. We met with the union bargaining committee today. We continued to have some...

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Negotiations

February 13th, 2020

Bargaining Ends for the Week – More Sessions Scheduled

The bargaining committees met again today to discuss your new contract.  Our discussions today mainly focused on contract language. The union bargaining committee had an opportunity to share feedback with the company ...

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Negotiations

February 11th, 2020

Negotiations with UFCW Local 455 Begin

On Tuesday, February 11, Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 bargaining committees met to kick-off negotiations for your new contract. In our opening session, we emphasized that Kroger is committed to a contract that ac...

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Negotiations

January 29th, 2020

A Message from Joe Kelley

Dear Fellow Kroger Associate: Soon, we will enter into negotiations with the union for your new contract. It’s as important to me as it is to you that we leave the negotiation table with a good contract, one that incl...

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