UFCW Local 75 and Kroger continued negotiations for the Cincinnati agreement on May 9. The Company presented a proposal today; we are continuing negotiations within the framework of a potential merger between the Cincinnati and Dayton contracts.
The newest proposal includes language modifications and a mixture of wage increases and lump sum payments over a four year-eight month term. Throughout negotiations, your Union Bargaining Committee made it a priority to increase the start rate in Kentucky and Indiana to match Ohio’s, and allow members to progress through early brackets more quickly; both of these issues are remedied in the Company’s proposal.
For over a year, we’ve been working to reach an agreement. Negotiations around health care have been especially time consuming and complex. We’ve done costing and analysis, and exchanged dozens of proposals. In the mean time, your pay, benefits, and contractual provisions haven’t changed.
The newest Company proposal provided resources for health care benefits, but not specific plan designs. It is important for you to know not just the amount of your paycheck, but also what you need to budget for health care coverage, and what your benefits will look like. You should know this information in order to plan for your future.
We need to do additional analysis and costing with our plan consultant prior to our next meeting with the Company. The Union Bargaining Committee will meet next week.
For more information, please contact your Union Representative.
The UFCW Local 75/Cincinnati Kroger contract is on extension; it covers about 12,000 people. The UFCW Local 75/Dayton Kroger contract expires in June 2015; it covers about 4,000 people.