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. Your local union will also continue to address the issues that are important to you and your families such as having your South Central Trust Fund preserved the importance of hazard pay, and other benefit improvements.
For more than 45 years your healthcare fund (South Central Trust Fund) has protected your voice and made sure you and your family has had a fair set of benefits, and a “say so” in your plan design and administration.
Your South Central Trust Fund has also provided you a voice on the future of your benefits and how they will affect your families. With the company’s proposed plan, you would not have a seat at the table going forward on any healthcare decisions. This is a change from the way things have been done for more than 4 decades.
We do not believe the proposed “K-Plan” is in your best interest. It could lead to things like annual rising costs and depletion of the reserves. Most importantly, it gives total control of your healthcare benefits to the company.
You are, and have been, there for the company and even during these dangerous and unprecedented times, you have helped them make record profits. Now is NOT the time to reinvent your healthcare and take away Your Voice. A company-controlled healthcare plan would mean handing over total control of all healthcare decisions for current and future employees.
As we still believe, one good job should be enough!
One good job should be enough to afford quality health care and have the ability to build a better life. It is our commitment to you, to protect the benefits you have earned and deserve. Please talk to your family, friends, and the community, and together let us make Kroger a better place to work and get a contract that reflects your true value!
Here’s how you can continue to stay informed on negotiations with regular updates:
- Visit your Union Website at www.ufcw455.org
- Download the UFCW 455 App
- Sign up for text alerts by texting “KrogerHou” to 83071
- Contact your Union Representative if you have any questions