October, 2018

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Hold First Meeting for South Bend Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Bargaining Committee met yesterday with representatives from the Kroger Co. We provided them with a comprehensive proposal modeled after the agreement members recently approved in Ft. Wayne; that contract includes guaranteed wage increases over the life of the contract and secures the meat pension. Health care coverage and retirement benefits for clerks are negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger agreement that expires in May of 2019.

The company gave our bargaining committee an overview including market share. Company representatives indicated they would spend time analyzing, costing, and considering our proposal in order to respond when we reconvene on October 25.

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger South Bend expires on October 27, 2018. The agreement covers about 800 workers in nine stores in the South Bend area.

If you’d like bargaining updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or email bkelly@ufcw700.org with subject Ft. Wayne Kroger.

Should you have any questions or want further information, please contact your Union Representative.

Union Prepares for Upcoming Contract Negotiations with Kroger in South Bend

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger South Bend expires on October 27, 2018. The agreement covers about 800 workers in nine stores in the South Bend area.

Our UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee is comprised of Union leaders and representatives, members who work in South Bend Kroger stores, and UFCW International staff. We met recently to review contract proposals.

During bargaining, we will be negotiating wages, language, and the meat pension; health care coverage and retirement benefits for clerks are negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger agreement that expires in May of 2019. We are scheduled to meet with the company on October 11, October 25, and October 26; our preference was to begin negotiations earlier, however, these dates were the earliest available. We are committed to reaching an agreement that raises wages, increases opportunity, and keeps members safe at work.

If you’d like to receive bargaining updates, please email bkelly@ufcw700.org with subject South Bend Kroger.

Should you have any questions or want further information, please contact your Union Representative.