What’s the Deal with Local 455?

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December 14th, 2021

What’s the Deal with Local 455?

We’ve heard that UFCW Local 455 is considering more actions if the company won’t give in to their demands on taking you backward on health care. We agree with the union on one thing: enough is enough! We have heard from our associates that you are tired of the union’s games and we are too.

As we have said all along, the company health care plan provides you with secure, stable affordable benefits which is something that Local 455’s preferred plan has failed to do in the past. Why would we want to go backwards and put your health care in the hands of a plan that has cut your benefits before? That makes no logical sense.

In all of our recent meetings with Local 455, we have made it clear to the union that we remain firm on our Last, Best, and Final Offer, including:

  • $56 million investment in wages
  • Kroger Houston will spend more than $75 million annually on health care for hourly associates

As a matter of fact, as part of our Last, Best, and Final Offer, associates in wage progressions will be receiving another wage increase on February 6, 2022.

Once again, we hope that the union comes to the meeting on December 15 prepared to break the impasse on health care so we can reach an agreement. We will continue to do what is right for our associates. Our focus remains on you and getting a new agreement.

Your store leader will continue to keep you informed. You can also get updates on this website.

Thank you for all you do for our customers, communities, and each other.