Update on Meetings with Local 455 this Week


October 17th, 2020

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 associates as we have outlined and provided for in our Company-administered plan:

  • affordability and stability
  • modern plan design
  • economies of scale
  • and administrative transparency

Remember: Open Enrollment in the Kroger plan for your health care benefits, effective January 1, 2021, begins November 2nd and runs through November 20th.

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