Media Attention Increasing Pressure on Kroger to Negotiate a Fair Deal

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The possibility of a strike authorization vote on Wednesday has drawn media attention and increased the pressure on Kroger to return to the bargaining table. Earlier this week, shortly after several TV stations aired interviews with members of the union bargaining team, the company agreed to extend the current contract through June 4.

Even as Kroger held a widely publicized job fair at stores throughout the country over the weekend, the possibility of a strike at 41 stores stretching from Kingsport, TN to Harrisonburg, VA has kept the local news spotlight on the company’s treatment of current employees.

Below is a selection of news coverage so far, including several interviews and quotes from members of Local 400’s bargaining team made up of 13 Kroger associates from throughout the region:

Kroger union employees working without a contract
5/11/16
WDBJ7
http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Kroger-union-employees-working-without-a-contract-379055981.html

Local Kroger stores could face a strike
5/12/16
Newsplex
http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/Local-Kroger-stores-could-face-a-strike-379270561.html

Local Kroger stores may vote to go on strike
5/12/16
WHSV
http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Local-Kroger–379285101.html

Charlottesville, Albemarle Co. Kroger Employees May Strike
5/13/16
WVIR NBC29
http://www.nbc29.com/story/31969061/charlottesville-albemarle-co-kroger-employees-may-strike

Grocery Strike Pending
5/13/16
WRVA Newsradio 1140
http://1140wrva.iheart.com/articles/local-news-128979/grocery-strike-pending-14709816/

Kroger employees say strike is possible
5/13/16
WVNS 59News
http://www.wearewvproud.com/story/31968300/kroger-employees-say-strike-is-possible

Kroger workers might go on strike
5/13/16
The Daily Progress
http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/kroger-workers-might-go-on-strike/article_5b67b4fc-804f-5d95-ab68-df04be18e15a.html

Local Kroger associates may go on strike next week
5/13/16
Bristol Herald Courier
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/local-kroger-associates-may-go-on-strike-next-week/article_3124a930-18bc-11e6-8ba7-37ed57fc857e.html

Kroger Employees Consider Going on Strike
5/13/16
WOAY ABC TV50
http://woay.com/News.aspx?nid=25303

Local Kroger workers may go on strike
5/13/16
WCYB News 5
http://www.wcyb.com/news/local-kroger-workers-may-go-on-strike/39535254

Union organizers deliver federal charges to several Kroger managers
5/14/16
WHSV
http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Union-organizers-deliver-federal-charges-to-several-Kroger-managers-379538241.html