Dear Kroger Local 400 Member:
By now I’m sure you are well aware that UFCW Local 400 has been in negotiations with Kroger management for a successor contract. There are several difficult and complicated issues we are bargaining over. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has significantly altered the delivery of your medical hospitalization benefits and it is imperative that we move forward on an informed basis as the decisions we make now will remain with us for the life of a new contract.
To allow time to make informed decisions on such important issues, our current contract has been extended until October 31, 2014, and a contract meeting has been scheduled for November 3, 2014. Your entrance card for the contract meeting was mailed to your homes Monday, October 20, 2014.
The decision to extend the current contract was a difficult one, however as stated above, the issue of your medical/ hospitalization benefits is complicated and we cannot afford to make uninformed decisions on this issue. It is for this reason that we have agreed to a short extension of our current contract. The extension protects all of your current terms and conditions of employment and any wage increases in your new contract will be retroactive to the original expiration date of October 15, 2014. We continue to work to protect your medical benefits, pension and wages for the life of a new contract.
I appreciate your patience, your understanding, and your commitment to see negotiations conclude successfully and encourage you to contact your Representatives if you have any further questions regarding the status of negotiations.
Mick Hutchinson 301-459-3400 ext. 213 Gary Southall 304-531-0758
Thank you for your continued patience and solidarity,
Mark P. Federici
Contract meeting details:
Please plan to attend ONE of these meetings as a vote may be taken.
Monday, November 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
Registration begins at 8:00a.m.
6:00p.m. Nathan Goff Armory
5 Armory Road
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Registration begins 5:00p.m.
Remember to bring your entrance card with you!
Bringing your entrance card to the meeting entitles you to immediate entrance with out standing in line and a ballot for any votes.