Kroger, UFCW Local 400 reach tentative contract agreement, avoiding a strike

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – A potential strike by Kroger workers throughout Southern West Virginia, has officially been avoided, as the company and members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 have agreed to a tentative agreement.

Both the union and Kroger itself is touting the agreement as progress and great news for all involved.

“Kroger’s commitment to increase wages and ensure associates have access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare benefits has long been a core priority,” said Lori Raya, president of Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “I am pleased to have an agreement that rewards these associates with more money than ever before.”

The union says its request for better pay scales, no health cost increases, and additional paid sick time have been honored.

The union is now holding a meeting to review the contract on March 11. It will then vote at certain locations on March 12 and 13.

The Kroger in Rainelle will vote on March 12. The Beckley Crossing Kroger will vote on March 13.

Senator Joe Manchin applauded the ruling. He got involved in negotiations and helped facilitate both companies back to the table after the strike was authorized.

“The tentative agreement between Kroger and UFCW Local 400 is welcome news for the state of West Virginia, and I am very thankful that both sides came back to the negotiating table and worked in good faith to reach an agreement,” he said. “Kroger stores and their employees play a crucial role in the fabric of our communities by providing a sense of belonging, strengthening our economy and contributing to the well-being of our families. I look forward to continuing my grocery shopping at my local Kroger.”

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