Mar 7, 2012

Kroger Workers and Union Activists from Across the Midwest Are Sticking Together

Nearly 1,000 Kroger workers and UFCW members from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan are meeting this week to plan for 2012 and beyond. Among other topics, they'll be discussing issues they’ll face in upcoming bargaining, including the state of their pension funds and the state of the retail food industry.

“We are all here for a common purpose,” said Roberta Greaver, a Steward from UFCW Local 75. “As Kroger workers, we know that wages, pensions and health care will all be at stake the next time we go to the bargaining table. But beyond that, in this part of the country, the very right to stick together in a union is under attack. The only way to fi ght back is through unity and working together. There’s power in numbers.”

Nearly 30,000 Kroger members in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio will renegotiate contracts with the company in 2012. In 2013, contracts expire for 12,000 members in Michigan and 13,000 in Ohio.

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