Bargaining Update #9
Last week, we stood strong together and voted unanimously to reject Kroger’s proposal and authorize a strike. We made it clear that we demand better raises, more personal holidays, and better for our retirees. We brought Kroger back to the bargaining table. Thanks to all of us sticking together as a union, we were able to move the nation’s largest grocery chain to improve their proposal.
Today, we’re pleased to announce the company’s “last best offer” is now better. The bargaining committee voted unanimously to recommend a YES vote to our entire membership on a new, improved contract proposal.
We will present the complete details of this latest offer to our entire membership at our next contract meeting on June 8. As a member of Local 400, it is critical that you make every effort to attend this meeting. Put in for the day off now and if you get rejected, contact your union rep immediately.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Berglund Center/Roanoke Civic Center
710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA
Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. | Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
*** Please note the new location ***
To be clear, while we made definite progress, we did not get everything we want. For the last several months, we’ve sat across the table from Kroger executives who made us many different offers, and the truth is, not one of them was as strong as the one we have to present to you now.
Given this clear improvement, we feel we have made progress. We unanimously recommend you vote YES to accept this proposal at our upcoming membership meeting.
Thanks to all of you, Kroger’s “last best offer” wasn’t the last or the best offer we have to present to you for a vote.
Together, we made this happen.
UFCW Local 400 Bargaining Team