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    Kroger Cincy Associates OK New Labor Pact

    CINCINNATI -- Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099 have ratified a new contract with The Kroger Co. here.

    CINCINNATI -- Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099 have ratified a new contract with The Kroger Co. here.

    "We thank our associates for their focus on serving our customers during this process," said Geoffrey Covert, president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division. "This is a good example of how fair and balanced agreements can be reached when the union and company leadership stay focused and committed to negotiating at the bargaining table."

    The three-year contract, effective immediately, covers nearly 11,000 employees represented by UFCW Local 1099 who work in 79 Kroger stores in Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

    "This contract is a result of the solidarity and dedication of our members, and the outpouring of support from the community," said Lennie Wyatt, Local 1099 president. "Kroger workers make the company one of the most successful in the grocery industry. This agreement, including no concessions, is a reflection of their hard work and shares this success."

    Covert said the pact "provides wage increases and affordable quality healthcare benefits for our associates and their families and keeps Kroger competitive in the marketplace."

    Kroger operates 2,491 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two-dozen local banners.

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