Local 400 members rally at a Kroger store in Beckley, WV calling on the company to negotiate a fair contract.

Nearly 50 members of Local 400 gathered at a Kroger store in Beckley this evening to call on Kroger to negotiate a fair contract with associates. The members distributed “thank you” cards to customers to express their gratitude for shoppers choosing to support their local union grocery store.

Shoppers expressed overwhelming support for the workers. One shopper stopped to ask, “Are you on strike? Because I won’t cross a picket line!”

A local TV crew from WVVA News interviewed several members and plans to air the story this evening, October 2. Another reporter, who happened to be shopping, stopped to interview members at the rally for a local radio station.

As negotiations on a new union contract continue every day this week, Local 400 members are holding actions throughout West Virginia to keep the pressure on Kroger to negotiate a fair deal. The current contract, which expires on Saturday, October 7, covers 4,200 union members working at 39 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.


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