Kroger responds to scheduled strike vote as negotiations continue

RICHMOND, VA (WOAY) – Kroger has responded to the UFCW Local 400 decision to hold a vote for a strike at locations throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

The vote comes as Kroger and the Union have not been able to come to an agreement on a new contract.

The company said that it is making a “historic investment” with its proposal and would increase wages by 26.4% over the course of the contract.

“This week our associates in West Virginia will be voting to ratify our historical investment of $300 million in wages and benefits. This investment honors our dedicated associates who are the heartbeat of our company,” said Lori Raya, president of Kroger Mid-Atlantic.

The union says the company’s offer would actually lead to workers getting paid less due to inflation. It also takes issue with increases in health care costs.

The vote for a strike is scheduled for February 28 and February 29, depending on the location. Results will be announced on March 1.

The Kroger at 406 John Raine Drive in Rainelle will vote on February 28, while the location at the Beckley Shopping Center will vote on February 29.

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