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As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about important developments, your union bargaining team, made up of your union and fellow coworkers, met with Kroger this week to resume negotiations on January 13th and 14th. Key Negotiation Updates this Week: We made clear to Kroger your growing health and safety concerns.

Dear UFCW member,   We want to make you - and all our UFCW members - aware of critical health and safety information. Kroger has disclosed 94 new COVID-19 cases in the Kroger Houston division between 12/27/20 and 1/2/21– the largest weekly increase to date.

We want to provide you with the most recent update from our meeting with Kroger, which took place on December 30, 2020. For 11 months, we've met with Kroger in good faith to negotiate a new and better contract for you.

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed, your bargaining team, made up of your union and fellow Kroger coworkers, met on 12/16 with Kroger to continue contract negotiations. So you know, we are committed to working towards a better contract that honors your hard work and sacrifices.

Dear UFCW Member: We know how hard you work for everything you earn and that’s why we’re fighting to stop Kroger’s backdoor pay cut that will force workers to pay more for the healthcare they and their families depend on. Your pay is both your paycheck and the benefits you and your family rely on.

Dear UFCW member,   It is because of your hard work and sacrifice during the deadliest health crisis our country has faced, that Kroger has been profitable and successful this past year.

As part of our commitment to keep you informed about important developments, your union bargaining team, made up of your union and fellow coworkers, met last week with Kroger on 11/30, 12/1, & 12/3 to resume negotiations.

Dear Kroger members, You may have noticed these signs popping up in your stores recently: The truth is, this is nothing more than a scare tactic because Kroger is losing the argument for trying to cut your healthcare and pay in the middle of a pandemic. So, we’re going to see more desperate attacks while we fight for the contract you deserve.

Dear Kroger Members Throughout 2020, you have worked hard, sacrificed, and put your health and safety on the line. Because of your hard work, and your commitment to your union, over the past years you have been able to negotiate wage increases, increases in paid vacation days, and affordable healthcare you control. Now, Kroger is determined to take that away - piece by piece.

As part of our commitment to keep you and all our UFCW members informed, we want you to know that your union bargaining team, including fellow union Kroger co-workers, met with Kroger on November 17. We made it clear to Kroger that Houston workers like you have earned and deserve hazard pay and affordable healthcare that you control - not healthcare the company controls.

The last thing your Union wants to do is use the scare tactics like the Kroger company continues to use, or see our membership live in fear of losing future healthcare coverage. Kroger stated clearly in our last bargaining session on Tuesday, 11/17; that the company will only agree to a company plan. Why is this so important to them.

Your Union bargaining committee and the Company met on 11/17/2020 to continue negotiating your Union contract. The Union committee went through the Company’s Last, Best, and Final offer proposal by proposal in hopes of finding common ground in order to come to a mutual agreement, and the Company refused to negotiate on every single item.

Purpose: To Update the Membership of the Next Step after overwhelming support in favor of a ULP Strike Vote! Members will get the opportunity to talk with UFCW Team about our ULP Strike Vote next steps, bargaining updates, South Central enrollment, future UFCW Store Actions, and much more.

Your union met with Kroger on October 27th to continue negotiations. And despite Kroger’s misleading information and unfair labor practices, we are determined to create a path forward that secures affordable healthcare for you and your families. We also remain committed to negotiating better raises, secure hours, and guaranteed paid time off.

**UFCW 455 Membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of a ULP Strike and to turn over strike authority to the bargaining committee.** MEAT- 98% CLERK- 94% Talk to your co-workers and let's continue to build our movement! The next steps will be released soon.   REMINDER: ALL OF YOU have been on the front lines, working hard in the midst of a pandemic for Kroger.

ATTN: HOUSTON MEAT MEMBERS ONLY TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING Purpose: To Discuss Your UFCW International Union Industry Pension Fund For: Houston Meat Members Only NOVEMBER 12, 2020 STARTS AT 6PM TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING CALL-IN NUMBER: 855-756-7520 ACCESS CODE: 69767# Questions will be taken at the end of the meeting.

Purpose: For The Membership To Vote On An Unfair Labor Practice Strike! During the meeting we will discuss Kroger’s unfair labor practices and the company’s “Last, Best, & Final” offer. The membership will then get a chance to vote on an unfair labor practice strike.

Your Union met last week with Kroger on 10/15 & 10/16, to resume negotiations. We presented to the company a detailed proposal that would maintain employee-controlled healthcare by merging your South Central Fund with another employee-controlled healthcare fund— UFCW Local 1529-Kroger (Memphis Fund)— for the life of the new contract.

The Union & Company met last on Thursday, 9/24/20 to resume negotiations with the assistance of your bargaining committee. Your bargaining committee explained to the Company that since your last offer to settle did not even make it past the bargaining committee, how do you expect the entire membership to approve it.

On the night of 9/9/2020 the company notified the union via phone call, and released a statement on their landing page, that they are going to unilaterally implement their wages and healthcare offer.

Purpose: To Discuss Your UFCW International Union Industry Pension Fund

The Union & Company met the week of September 2nd & 3rd to continue discussions on your contract with the assistance of a Federal Mediator and your Bargaining Committee, which is made up of rank and file union members that work in stores alongside you.

Both bargaining parties met on 8/18 and 8/19 to discuss your union contract. While some movement was made, the company decided to offer a Last, Best, and Final offer instead of bargaining to a full recommended contract that all sides can agree on, and most important, one that reflects your true value and hard work. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.

The Union & Company met last week on August 11th & 12th to continue discussions on your contract with the assistance of a Federal Mediator.

As part of our commitment to securing a strong contract that provides  accessible and affordable health care, we want to provide more  information on Kroger’s proposed “K Plan” as well as our proposal for a guarantee of benefits.

IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SC TRUST FUND The Union & Company met this week on August 4th and August 5th to continue discussions on your contract with the assistance of a Federal Mediator. On the second day of meetings, the company proposed a wage proposal, which will be bargained between the two committees.

UFCW Local 455 and the Kroger Company met two days last week on July 28th and July 29th to resume bargaining on your new contract. Both bargaining committees made some movement during these sessions and we will continue to inform and educate you throughout the process.

Purpose: To Discuss General Updates & Houston Contract Negotiations between Your Union & The Kroger Company

While we are still negotiating with Kroger on a full contract that protects your health care and improves wages, we want to inform you that the Trustees of the National Pension Fund have reached a tentative agreement on the future of your retirement.

What is the difference between the current South-Central health care fund and the company’s proposed K-plan?

THE SIMPLE TRUTH Your hard work during this monumental national and global crisis has been essential to Kroger and the communities you serve. And...

In addition to the numerous other concessionary proposals, the Company is now proposing the following reductions in your healthcare benefits. Kroger’s proposed health plan is 100% controlled by Kroger.

Remember last week we told you about Kroger’s record profits—up over 47% from last year—by the way, they treated their shareholders with $258 million dollars in dividends in the past six months!  But there is no fair sharing for you.

As the pandemic continues to surge in the greater Houston area, along with Kroger's profits, they are not willing to share!

Today, a subcommittee of the Kroger Houston and UFCW Local 455 bargaining parties met to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on current negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Last week, the Union and Company met but had limited negotiations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are aware all workers are extremely busy stocking shelves and taking care of customers right now so below is a small update for you when you have time.

Since the merger of Local 455 and Local 408 we have strived to keep the clerk and meat contracts separate.

Upcoming Kroger Contract Negotiations      As you may be aware, your Union contract will expire in April, 2020. We conducted a survey to find out what was most important to you, the member. After analyzing the results, it is apparent your main concerns are wages and healthcare.


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UFCW Local 455
121 Northpoint Dr
Houston, TX 77060
  (281) 448-5555

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