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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) recently publicized that associates in Dayton, Ohio ratified a new labor agreement. The associates are members of United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 75. The agreement covers more than 4,000 associates who work in 30 stores in Dayton and the surrounding areas. "Both Local 75 and Kroger came together and worked hard to reach an agreement that provides quality jobs, increased wages, a stable pension fund, and affordable, quality health care for associates and their families," said Geoff Covert, president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton Division. "This tentative agreement also keeps Kroger competitive in this marketplace."
Local 75 is one of the largest private sector unions in the country representing members in supermarkets, drug stores, slaughterhouses, packing and food processing plants, and more – nearly 30,000 workers in over 50 counties in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Kroger, one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains, employs more than 326,000 associates who serve customers in 2,475 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states. Kroger operates stores under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC and City Market. In addition, Kroger associates serve customers in 764 convenience stores, 387 fine jewelry stores and 798 supermarket fuel centers the Company operates. Kroger also operates 40 food processing plants in the U.S. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio; Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves.
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