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Company Reinstates Ratification Bonus in Last, Best and Final

Negotiations

December 1st, 2020

Offering All Associates the Opportunity to Receive a Bonus

Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 are meeting again this week. We have heard that you are frustrated with the process, concerned about the uncertainties with a work stoppage and want to have a new contract in place. We want that too!

To help move things forward and come to a resolution, we are once again putting our Last, Best and Final Offer on the table with an added incentive that all associates would receive a one-time ratification bonus. This is an additional $4.2 million investment in all associates.

  • $600 – Department Heads, Assistant Department Heads and Leads
  • $500 – Top-Rate Full-Time Associates
  • $300 – Top-Rate Part-Time Associates
  • $150 – All Other Associates

The union has until Thursday, December 3 at 5 p.m. to notify us that our offer with ratification bonus is fully recommended and will be put to a vote by membership.

If the union decides not to recommend our offer and allow you to vote on it, Kroger Houston will continue to address the business uncertainties of working without a contract including the potential for loss of customers and lost revenue.

What else has happened this week?

Today, we shared with Local 455 that its proposal to transfer health care benefits to the Nashville Health and Welfare Trust Fund is not a viable option because it does not meet the company’s necessary criteria to address your future health care benefits.

To date, more than 85% of those eligible to enroll for 2021 benefit coverage have done so in the company plan. Even though the union refuses to say that the company-administered plan is the best option for secure, reliable, affordable health care benefits, they have requested that we extend the enrollment period for the company-administered plan and we have agreed to do so. If you want benefit coverage effective January 1, 2021, you can still enroll in the company plan through December 11.

Questions to ask your union in the event they do not let you vote on our offer and call for a strike:

  • Why is the union refusing to allow a vote?
  • If the union calls for a work stoppage and I decide to strike, how much will my strike pay be?
  • When will my first check arrive if I work the picket line?
  • How long could a work stoppage last?

To keep informed talk with your store leader, visit www.krogerhoustoncba.com and FEED or you can call our hotline at 713-507-4840.

The union has until 5:00 p.m. CST on December 3, 2020 to let the company know if they will recommend and schedule ratification votes on Kroger’s LBFOs within a reasonable period and no later than December 12, 2020.  If we do not receive written confirmation of the union’s agreement to schedule ratification votes or if new agreements are not ratified within the timeframes above, the proposed incentives will be withdrawn.

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