CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) — UPDATE 11/7/17
Kroger's Mid-Atlantic Region announced Tuesday that they have ratified the agreement.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides good pay increases, affordable health care and financial support from the company to our associates' pension fund to support their retirement," said Jerry Clontz, president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division in a press release. "This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting this agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day."
Kroger store employees have voted to ratify a new union contract, Monday.
According to a press release, the new contract provides a pay raise, while maintaining healthcare and retirement benefits. This covers approximately 4,200 Kroger associates at 39 stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
The new contract takes place immediately and lasts through August 29, 2020.
The vote took place in both Charleston and Clarksburg. About 1,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 voted on the new contract.
Contract negotiations started in early September. According to the press release, the workers attribute their success to weeks of public demonstrations.
“I think we made it clear to the company that we were willing to fight to protect our benefits,” said Tami Faulknier, a 34-year Kroger employee who served on the union negotiating team.
“These days, it is extremely rare to ratify a contract without losing a single benefit,” said Mark P. Federici, President of UFCW Local 400. “I cannot overstate how much the support of Kroger customers and the rest of the community made a difference in these negotiations. Together, we were able to preserve healthcare and retirement benefits that thousands of hard-working men and women rely on.”
Employees at all three Morgantown Kroger locations, the two in Clarksburg, plus those in Buckhannon, Elkins and Gassaway are covered by this contract.