Kroger Contract Talks

Union revokes contract extension with Kroger

A spokesman for the union representing more than eight-thousand Kroger employees in Ohio, southeastern Indiana and Kentucky says the union has revoked a contract extension with the company.

John Marrone says leaders of Local 1099 of the United Food and Commercial Workers will recommend that members vote Wednesday to reject Kroger's latest contract offer and authorize the union to strike if necessary. Health insurance and overtime were key differences. The current contract will expire about ten pm Friday.

The union and Cincinnati-based Kroger had agreed to indefinitely extend the current contract, which was set to expire this past Saturday, at the urging of a federal mediator.

Cashiers, grocery baggers and clerks in meat, produce and delicatessen departments at 70 stores in the Cincinnati area, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana are covered by the contract.