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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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