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Fred Meyer, QFC Workers Ratify Contracts

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kroger Co. said Thursday that workers at its Fred Meyer Inc. and QFC stores here and in southwest Washington have ratified new labor agreements with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555.

The 44 separate labor agreements cover 6,007 employees working at Fred Meyer and 368 associates at QFC, the Cincinnati-based retailer said.

"We are pleased to reach agreements that are good for our associates and enable us to be competitive in very competitive market areas," Lynn Gust, Fred Meyer's president, said in a statement. "These agreements provide our associates with additional compensation, affordable health care and pension for retirement."

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"Our associates will continue to have one of the best total compensation packages in our industry, in our region," said Joe Fey, QFC's president. "I want to thank our associates for their patience, for supporting this agreement, and for the excellent service they provide every day to our customers."

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