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500 Members Rally For A Fair Contract

Negotiations Resume Tuesday, October 24

New Campaign Website Launched: BetterKroger.org

Yesterday, we sent Kroger a clear message: we deserve a fair contract. As we continue to do our jobs and serve our customers, it is also important that we enforce our contract and participate in every action at our stores and in our communities. The next big day of action will be Thursday, October 26. Make a plan to attend the action closest to you and let’s make them even bigger and better!

To help you spread the word, we have launched BetterKroger.org – our new campaign website to fight for a fair contract. BetterKroger.org will help us get the word out to our customers, neighbors, family, and friends to build the support we need to win a fair deal. Check it out and spread the word to your friends and family using the hashtag #BetterKroger.

We are back at the bargaining table on Tuesday, October 24 and every day through the rest of the week. It is our hope that Kroger is ready to negotiate a fair deal for all of us. While we are standing strong at the table, we are proud to know you continue to have our backs in the stores. We will keep going until we get a fair deal and we will keep you updated every step of the way.

 

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Take Action For A Fair Contract – Thursday, October 19th

Negotiations with Kroger on our next union contract have stalled. We’ve made it clear to Kroger that we are not going to allow them to continue to stall the process. In order to get them to move, we must show them that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.

Join us on Thursday, October 19 to take action for a fair contract! We’re hosting simultaneous actions at five stores throughout the region from 4pm to 6pm.

Take Action For A Fair Contract – Thursday, October 19th

All actions take place 4:00pm – 6:00pm at each of these stores:
Kroger #790                133 Beckley Crossing Shopping Ctr, Beckley, WV 25801 
Kroger #785                1100 Fledderjohn Rd, Charleston, WV 25314
Kroger #783                711 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Ashland, KY 41101
Kroger #799                1008 Washington Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714
Kroger #813                500 Suncrest Towne Centre Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505

Our past actions have gotten the company’s attention, but now it is time to show Kroger how serious we are. On October 19th, we need to be bigger and louder. We need to show Kroger that we won’t stop until we get a fair deal.

It is very important that you participate in every action you can. Let customers know how they can support us. Bring your coworkers, family members, and friends to the actions on the October 19th. We will not stop until we move Kroger to a fair deal.

 

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As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

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Kroger West Virginia Contract Negotiations Stalled

Take Action October 19 – Demand That Kroger Negotiates A Fair Contract!

We met with Kroger today and yesterday in an attempt to continue moving the bargaining process forward. Unfortunately, Kroger is refusing to make any movement towards a deal. We made it clear to them that we are not going to allow them to continue to stall the process. In order to get Kroger to move, we must show them that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.

Starting Friday, October 13, we will be in stores conducting contract enforcement actions, talking to customers about how they can support us to get a fair deal, and preparing for big actions at stores across the state on Thursday, October 19.

Take Action For A Fair Contract – Thursday, October 19th

All actions take place 4:00pm – 6:00pm at each of these stores:
Kroger #790                133 Beckley Crossing Shopping Ctr, Beckley, WV 25801 
Kroger #785                1100 Fledderjohn Rd, Charleston, WV 25314
Kroger #783                711 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Ashland, KY 41101
Kroger #799                1008 Washington Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714
Kroger #813                500 Suncrest Towne Centre Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505

Last week, our actions got the company’s attention, but now it is time to show Kroger how serious we are. On October 19th, we need to be bigger and louder. We need to show Kroger that we won’t stop until we get a fair deal.

It is very important that you participate in every action you can. Let customers know how they can support us. Bring your coworkers, family members, and friends to the actions on the October 19th. We will not stop until we move Kroger to a fair deal.

 

 

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As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

 

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Kroger West Virginia Contract Extended At Direction of Federal Mediator

Contract Meeting and Vote Scheduled for November 6

After weeks of negotiations, six store actions involving hundreds of members, and working until expiration for a fair deal, we still have work to do to get the best possible agreement. At the direction of the federal mediator, we have agreed to extend our current contract until November 4, while we continue to work for a fair deal. While we are committed to continuing to work with Kroger for a contract that works for all of us, we will not allow Kroger to force us to continue negotiating indefinitely with the uncertainty of not having a new agreement.

We will be having contract meetings on Monday, November 6 where we will vote on whatever proposal is on the table from Kroger at that time. If the proposal is voted down, we will take a strike vote. A strike is not the outcome that we want. What we want is a fair contract. But we need Kroger to know that we are serious and ready to do whatever it takes to win the contract we deserve.

Contract Meetings Monday, November 6, 2017

9:00 a.m. Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m. Nathan Goff Armory
5 Armory Rd, Clarksburg, WV 26301
Registration opens at 5:00 p.m.

Between now and November 6, with the federal mediator, we have scheduled dates to meet with Kroger to work on getting the best deal possible. In the meantime, we will continue to organize actions in our stores and in our communities. We need everyone to participate in these actions to continue to show Kroger that we are willing to fight for the contract we have earned. We will also begin to prepare ourselves in the event that Kroger forces us to go on strike. We will share information very soon to help you prepare, but this is our last resort, and we will use every means available to us before taking that drastic step.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support as talks with Kroger continue. We know we can count on all of you to stick together and see this through to a fair contract, and rest assured, we will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

 

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As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

 

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Reminder for West Virginia Kroger Members – Comply with Directions From Your Supervisor and Remove Your Union Jersey when Asked

The support and solidarity shown over the past few weeks has been incredible. We know the support will continue today and as long as it takes to get a fair contract.

Today we want to remind everyone that we do not want anyone to get disciplined for wearing their union jersey. It is very important that you remove your jersey if requested by your supervisor.

Please comply if your supervisor asks you to remove your jersey and change into clothing that is in compliance with the standard Kroger dress policy. Thank you again for your continued support and we will keep you updated as negotiations continue today.

Unfair Labor Practice Charges Filed

Wear Your Union Button, Hat, and Jersey on Saturday, October 7

Today we were forced to file unfair labor practice charges with the federal government after Kroger informed us that they will be asking employees to remove their union jerseys tomorrow on Jersey Day. While we believe this is a clear violation of labor law, it is very important that everyone still wear their jersey tomorrow, but remove it if requested by their supervisor.

Take notes on who talks to you and when and get that information to your shop steward or union representative. We will be filing more charges, and we believe that Kroger’s actions are illegal, but as always, we are not encouraging you to refuse to do something when directed. Please comply if your supervisor asks you to remove your jersey.

With our contract set to expire tomorrow, we do not want to be arguing with Kroger about our right to show our support for our union on Jersey Day. We want to be discussing the important issues that will impact our lives over the next several years under this contract.

As talks continue through tomorrow, we are continuing to work hard for the fair contract we deserve, but we will not be rushed into a bad deal. We need to continue to show Kroger that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair deal by participating in actions and activities and showing our support by wearing our union buttons, hats, and jerseys every chance we get. We will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

 

Sign Up for Text Alerts

As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

 

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Dozens of Kroger Workers Descend on Store in Morgantown

Dozens of Kroger workers descended on a store in Morgantown this evening in the fourth consecutive day of union actions calling on the company to negotiate a fair contract.

The current contract expires on Saturday, October 7, and covers 4,200 union members working at 39 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. This week, a federal mediator was called in to help move negotiations forward.

The workers handed out free cupcakes to customers to thank them for shopping at a union grocery store and to spread the word about the ongoing contract negotiations. On Friday evening, the workers plan to hold simultaneous actions at two stores in Lewisburg and Parkersburg in West Virginia.

 

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As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

Federal Mediator Called In to Kroger Contract Talks

Negotiations and Actions Continue All Week

As we approach the expiration date of our contract on Saturday, October 7, a federal mediator has joined us at contract negotiations to help get to a fair deal. Mediators do not make decisions about what a final agreement will look like, but they can help move the process forward toward a new contract.

While our goal remains to reach a fair deal by the time the contract expires Saturday, as always, we will not be rushed into a bad deal. We are currently scheduled to meet with Kroger every day this week, including Saturday, and will be working until the deadline to get the best possible agreement.

As negotiations with the company continue, the solidarity and actions that have been occurring at stores across the area have shown Kroger that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get the fair deal we deserve. We must continue our work to enforce our current contract and encourage your coworkers, family, and friends to participate in every action. When our community has our back, we have the best chance to get the fair deal we deserve. We will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

In Solidarity,

The 2017 Kroger West Virginia Bargaining Committee: Wayne, Billy, Tami, Allen, and Victoria

 

Sign Up for Text Alerts

As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

 

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Second Day Brings Larger Crowd Thanking Customers at Charleston Kroger Store as Week of Action Continues

A crowd of more than 60 Kroger associates gathered at a store in Charleston this evening for day two of a week of action calling on Kroger to negotiate a fair contract with the workers.

Yesterday, Kroger workers gathered at a store in Beckley and distributed “thank you” cards to customers to express gratitude to shoppers choosing to shop at the unionized grocery chain. The gathering was featured on WVVA News later that evening. Today’s crowd at the Charleston store also spent the evening passing out thank you cards to shoppers.

Actions are planned every evening this week as negotiations continue on a new union contract covering 4,200 Kroger employees at 39 stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. A similar action is planned for tomorrow evening at a Kroger store in Ashland, Kentucky.

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Sign Up for Text Alerts

As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.