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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.

Your benefits are important – now more than ever. With this in mind, the Company and the Union agreed to make a recommendation to the South Central Trust Fund Board of Trustees to restore your health care benefits to the levels that were originally negotiated in your current contract, effective as soon as possible.

Please note: A new collective bargaining agreement still needs to be negotiated! This includes future health care benefits as well as pension benefits and wages.

The subcommittees also agreed to extend the current contract, which is set to expire on April 11, 2020 to June 13, 2020.

Due to the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, the Company and Union have not set any future dates for negotiations.

The Company and the Union appreciate your dedication and hard work throughout these extraordinary times.