HOUSTON — In a move to accelerate negotiations with Kroger Co., Kroger workers represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 455 here said they would no longer extend their contract with the Cincinnati-based retailer. Kroger and Local 455 have been negotiating for a new contract to replace a deal that expired March 31. UFCW Local 408, also based here, has already said it would no longer accept extensions. Both locals have already voted to approve a strike. UFCW 540, based in Dallas, has also voted authorize a strike.
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