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Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 ratified a new contract with The Kroger Co. by a 98 percent margin, affecting some 1,100 Kroger/Sav-On workers in central Indiana.
Local labor leaders hailed the new pact for including early and significant wage increases and bonuses; major improvements to health and welfare, with employer contribution increases and; increases in paid holidays, vacations, and personal days.
"UFCW Local 700 is part of the Grocery Workers United program, which is leading a nationwide effort to make grocery jobs good jobs," said UFCW Local 700 president Joe Chorpenning. "The UFCW has settled good contracts, the kind that bring good jobs in cities across the country -- including right here in Indianapolis.
"By uniting workers to bargain better contracts," Chorpenning continued, "we're helping grocery workers throughout Indiana turn supermarket jobs into good, middle-class jobs -- the kind that come with affordable health care, a living wage, a secure retirement, and that benefit workers and their communities."
Chorpenning said Local 700's members are keenly aware of the difference the contract will make to their standard of living. "Grocery store workers across Indiana are enjoying better lives because they are uniting to improve wages and benefits in the grocery industry," said Chorpenning. "And we're taking that message to every community in Indiana, from Evansville to Fort Wayne."
The UFCW represents 1.3 million workers, with nearly one million in the grocery industry.