Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 met again this week to continue discussions. The union once again proposed a health care plan that essentially is the South-Central fund in disguise. This is the third meeting with the union since the first of the year and they continue to drag out negotiations with health care proposals that don’t meet or beat what associates now have in the company plan.
We have heard that you are frustrated with how long negotiations are taking, and you just want a new contract. We want that too. However, your union continues to propose health care benefits that don’t include a secure and stable company plan. We firmly believe a company plan, which nearly 8,000 associates are already participating in, is the best and only solution and the way forward in getting a new contract.
We want to reach a new agreement. This stalemate is not good for anyone. We encourage you to ask Local 455 to drop their health care proposal to keep benefits in a health and welfare trust fund and move forward with bargaining other items of your contract so that we can reach an agreement.
What has happened up until now?
As you know, we have put our Last, Best and Final Offer with ratification bonuses on the table multiple times. It’s unfortunate that your union hasn’t provided you the opportunity to vote and ratify a new agreement so you could take advantage of those bonuses.
Since implementing our Last, Best and Final Offer, you have seen some positive changes:
Wage increases coming soon!