UFCW Local 75 and Kroger reconvened this week to discuss language items in the Kroger Grocery/Non- Food and Meat Agreements.
Our goal is to reach balanced agreements with affordable health care benefits, wage increases, and language improvements. And, as you know, negotiations around health care have been especially complicated in this round of bargaining, in part, because of the new requirements of the ACA.
Because of the new health care law, some contract language can impact eligibility for benefits. We’ve made good progress and tentatively agreed to most language items. We spent quite a bit of time talking about, and exchanging proposals regarding, claiming language in both agreements.
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.
Members will vote on a tentative agreement for a Cincinnati/Dayton Agreement this Tuesday. The health care plan designs will be part of the Toledo Agreements, but we still have work to do in order to make sure the contract language fits the benefits. Your Union Bargaining Committee gave proposed health care language.
The Toledo Kroger Grocery/NonFood and Meat Agreements are on extension.
For more information, please contact your Union Representative.