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CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here and members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000 in Dallas have ratified a new four-year labor agreement.
The new pact, which covers approximately 6,800 clerks at 88 stores in the Dallas area, provides a wage and benefits package -- including affordable health care -- that the retailer says will enable it to be more competitive on labor costs with other retailers in the market.
"I appreciate the work of the bargaining committee to reach a fair settlement that provides our associates with wage increases and continues a quality health care plan," said Bill Breetz, president of Kroger's Southwest division. "Our associates are the best in the business at providing a great shopping experience for our customers."
At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2005, Kroger operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,515 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 32 states under two dozen local banners, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's and Smith's Marketplace, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC, and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through subsidiaries, franchise agreements, or operating agreements) 791 convenience stores, 431 fine-jewelry stores, 559 supermarket fuel centers, and 42 food-processing plants.