Despite further talks this week, and even with confirmed COVID cases rising in stores, Kroger has not moved at all in bargaining this week and is continuing to insist on disastrous cuts to health care benefits.
Our union and the bargaining advisory committee strongly recommend you vote NO to reject this offer and vote YES to approve a strike.
As we explained in detail in our last update, Kroger’s proposal places a limit on the amount of money the company is required to pay to fund your health care benefits. According to the experts, as early as 14 months from now, this cap could be exceeded and several things could happen, including:
- Your weekly contributions will increase
- Your health care coverage will be slashed, with less coverage, higher deductibles, out of pockets, and copays, and increased prescription drug costs.
- Your eligibility for benefits will change making you no longer eligible for health care
In addition, their proposal has many other problems, including:
- Cuts to prescription benefits
- No raises for some employees
- Part-time employees will top out at $12.20/hour with no chance of increase
- No premium increase for more than half of department heads
We strongly encourage every member to vote NO to reject this offer and vote YES to approve a strike.
Tele-Town Hall - November 2:
We will be hosting a Tele-Town Hall on Monday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. to review the company proposal in detail.
Due to the pandemic, we cannot hold our typical contract meeting in a large, indoor arena. To ensure everyone’s safety as we present this offer for a vote, we are conducting our meeting as a Tele-Town Hall. During the Tele-Town Hall, we will review the offer in detail. You must register to attend the Tele-Town Hall by filling out the form below.
Voting In Stores - November 3-5:
Voting will take place at stores throughout the region November 3-5, 2020. Voting will not take place over the phone. If you are unable to attend the Tele-Town Hall, print copies of the company’s offer will be provided at each voting site.
You should receive a card in the mail with the full voting schedule. Bring the card with you for faster entry into the voting booths.
Masks must be worn at all times while voting. Voting is open at each location from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
|Tuesday, November 3, 2020|
|Kroger #752, 2007 East 7th St, Parkersburg, WV|
|Kroger #781, 6306 State Rt 7, Proctorville, OH|
|Kroger #817, 3265 Smoot Ave, Madison, WV|
|Wednesday, November 4, 2020|
|Kroger #734, 406 John Raine Dr, Rainelle, WV|
|Kroger #773, 198 Emily Dr, Clarksburg, WV|
|Kroger #784, 302 Great Teays Blvd, Scott Depot, WV|
|Thursday, November 5, 2020|
|Kroger #722, 80 Skyline Plaza Dr, Buckhannon, WV|
|Kroger #772, 5717 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV|
|Kroger #790, 133 Beckley Crossing, Beckley, WV|
Vote Count – November 6:
Since we are unable to meet in person, we are conducting the vote count over Zoom so any member may witness the tabulation of ballots.
Join us on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET via Zoom video conference to witness the vote count. You must register at the link below in order to attend.
The results of the vote will be announced shortly after on our website, social media and text updates.
Please note: you must be a UFCW Local 400 member in good standing in order to witness the vote count.
Register for the Tele-Town Hall
4:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2020
Registration for this event is now closed.