UFCW Local 75 and Kroger reconvened this week to continue negotiations for the Kroger Grocery/Non- Food and Meat Agreements. We’ve made good progress and tentatively agreed to most language items. We are still discussing and exchanging proposals regarding claiming language in both agreements.
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. And, because of the new health care law, some contract language can impact eligibility for benefits. Contractual language regarding claiming is confusing to begin with, but now, claiming can have a more far-reaching impact on other parts of your contract.
Our goal is to reach balanced agreements with affordable health care benefits, wage increases, and language improvements. Since we last met, members of UFCW Local 75 working in Dayton and Cincinnati area Kroger Stores ratified a new agreement that includes common plan designs and one experience pool. These health care plan designs will be part of the Toledo Agreements.
The ACA outlines who is eligible for health care, and the type of benefits for which they are eligible. Your Union Bargaining Committee is working to find a solution that protects the ability to claim hours and that preserves full-time hours in an increasingly part-time industry.
After we resolve language and health care issues, we will move on to exchanging wage proposals.
The Toledo Kroger Grocery/NonFood and Meat Agreements are on extension. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for September 2. For more information, please contact your Union Representative.