TOLEDO, Ohio – Associates of Kroger's  Columbus Division here have ratified a new contract with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75, the Cincinnati-based retailer said Tuesday.
The agreement covers approximately 3,000 workers in Toledo and Northwest Ohio working in 26 stores and 12 fuel centers. "We thank our associates for their service to our customers during this process and every day," Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger's Columbus Division, said in a statement. "This agreement provides our associates one of the best total compensation packages in our industry. It includes good wages, high-quality affordable health care and a pension when they retire."
Local 75 in a statement said highlights of the deal include “improvements to the health and welfare plan, such as birth control pills and a new maintenance drug program.” It was approved by a 70% majority, the union said.