April 5, 2004
Kroger and UFCW Local 455 and 408 Agree to Extend Contract
After weeks of marathon bargaining sessions, UFCW Locals 455 and 408 and Kroger supermarkets have signed an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement that covers 11,000 workers in the Houston area. The two parties have been working with a federal mediator who recommended the extension in order to permit bargaining to continue.
Due to the complexity of the issues, particularly health care coverage, the extension will allow both parties to continue to make steady progress toward a solution.
The contract has been extended to April 24, 2004 and will continue day to day thereafter.
Both parties also agreed to a media blackout of issues being discussed at the table.