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A Message from Joe Kelley


January 29th, 2020

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 includes competitive pay and affordable health care benefits for you and your family. We also need an agreement that will allow Kroger to be competitive and successful in the Houston market, providing secure and stable jobs for everyone.

We have faced some tough business challenges since our last contract, including, for example, the ever-evolving needs of our customers, increased competition from new competitors as well as growing competition from aggressive online retailers, such as Amazon. Despite these challenges, I believe we can reach a good agreement. To keep Kroger Houston strong, we must make sure we are looking at every aspect of our business and always putting the customer first. To accomplish this, everyone involved in the negotiations process must work together to find common ground and solutions.

We are committed to investing in our associates by offering competitive pay and affordable, quality health care and retirement benefits.

As we enter contract negotiations, I want to make sure you are kept informed throughout the process. As negotiations progress, we will be sharing accurate and transparent information and updates through your store manager, FEED, breakroom postings and the negotiations website – www.krogerhoustoncba.com. Also, feel free to ask your store manager any questions you might have at any time during the negotiation process. This will help you make an informed decision that is best for you when given the opportunity to vote on a proposed agreement. I know the new contract is important to you – it’s important to me, too!

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to providing an exceptional, uplifting shopping experience to our customers every day. The entire Houston leadership team is very appreciative of the work you do. Thank you for making a difference.


Joe Kelley

Houston Division President

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