Understanding Your Rights and Options

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December 11th, 2020

We continue to hear about union activity, including discussing the possibility of a strike with associates and, in some cases, even encouraging associates to walk out during their shift.

We understand that a potential work stoppage creates uncertainties for you and your family. If the union calls for a strike, you may continue to work or choose to strike. The decision is yours and yours alone to make. Your store leader has more information on your rights during a strike, including if you want to continue to work during a work stoppage.

We have also heard that the union is not responding to associates’ repeated requests to withdraw their membership as well as the union not having a working fax machine to receive withdraw notices.  This is not the first we’ve heard of these concerns.

Earlier this year, a Kroger Houston associate reportedly experienced similar difficulties in attempting to resign his union membership and revoke his dues checkoff authorization with UFCW Local 455, and sought assistance from the National Labor Relations Board with help from the National Right to Work Foundation to accomplish his goal.

WE ARE NOT RECOMMENDING THAT ASSOCIATES RESIGN FROM THE UNION OR PURSUE ANY PARTICULAR COURSE OF ACTION IN THIS MATTER.

We believe that the company has a duty to inform our associates of general rights under the law and we have attempted to do so.  The choice is our associates’ and theirs alone.

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