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Company and Union Meet to Discuss Initial Proposals

Negotiations

March 12th, 2020

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 away before receiving a vacation that he/she has earned, their estate shall be paid his/her vacation.
  • General Provisions: We cleaned up outdated non-economic language.

While we made some movement in our discussions, we have significantly more bargaining to do before we reach an agreement. We believe the union’s current proposal fails to recognize the economic situation that our division faces. Their current proposal would add significant cost to our business before we even reach the financial portion of the contract, meaning your wages and benefits.

While Kroger would love to invest more dollars in operating the business, we want to make investments that will be more meaningful to you, like your hourly pay and health care benefits.

The union is also focusing on portions of our proposal that have nothing to do with your working conditions, wages or benefits. The company’s proposals on union recognition, jurisdiction and new hire orientation do not directly affect you. You can refer to our complete language proposal with explanations from February 27 by visiting our website www.krogerhoustoncba.com.

We are meeting with the Meat bargaining committee on Friday, March 13. We will keep you updated as bargaining continues. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader, or you can also email questions askhouston@kroger.com.

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