May 31, 2014
UFCW Local 75 and Kroger continued negotiations for the Cincinnati agreement this week. We had a productive week exchanging proposals and are making good progress; we have tentatively agreed to most language items. Your Union Bargaining Committee presented a comprehensive proposal to the Company on Friday night.
We spent a lot of time this week talking about health care and wages. We’ve been working to negotiate common plan designs and one experience pool for members of UFCW Local 75 working in Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati area Kroger Stores. Through common plan designs and one experience pool, we can stabilize health care costs and protect affordable, quality health care. We want to make sure that changes to your health care are as manageable as possible.
Our goal is to reach a balanced agreement with affordable health care benefits, wage increases, and language improvements, but it takes time to negotiate changes like merging health care plan designs, or even entire contracts. We knew that it would be challenging to bargain, especially with changes to health care requirements and expanded benefits due to the law. Expanded benefits– like dependent coverage, unlimited lifetime maximums, and 100% coverage for preventive care – required by the law are positive, but are not free. We are trying to maximize the resources available for a settlement.
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.