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W.Va. workers OK new deal with Kroger

Workers at Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have voted to ratify a new contract.

Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 said the three-year deal preserves health and retirement security and increases wages.


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“This contract is an improvement,” Local 400 president Mark P. Federic said. “Our members will keep their current health care benefits, with no increase in weekly premiums, and won’t be forced onto the often inferior plans offered through the ACA’s health care exchanges. Kroger will pay their share of benefits in full through the life of the contract, our members’ pensions will be properly funded, and our members will all see pay increases.”

The new agreement takes effect retroactively as of Oct. 15. It expires on Oct. 7, 2017, and covers 4,000 workers.

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