Kroger, union return to bargaining table in bid for new contract

Kroger and the union representing 12,500 workers in Greater Columbus and other parts of Ohio have agreed to new talks on a contract after workers rejected the company's latest offer last week.

Kroger and its union workers at stores throughout the Columbus area and other parts of Ohio have agreed to resume talks on a new contract after workers rejected the company’s latest proposal.

The Cincinnati-based grocer and Local 1059 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union will meet Tuesday to continue negotiations, according to the company and the union.

“It is our hope that by returning to negotiations with Kroger representatives, we will negotiate an agreement that addresses our members’ concerns with the previous tentative agreements and makes our stores better,” Randy Quickel, the local’s president, said in a statement. “While we are returning to the bargaining table, we have secured the authorization necessary to call a strike in the event that the company forces our members further in that direction and are continuing to make preparations for that possibility.”

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