Union workers ended their weeks long Summer boycott at Food4Less stores today after Kroger agreed on a new contract with Food4Less workers. UFCW Local 135, led by President Mickey Kasparian, is sending customers back to the grocery stores to shop.
Details on the deal reaached when the grocery company returned to the bargaining table will be announced at a later time. The union said, "We have reached a tentative agreement with Food 4 Less on a contract our members will be very proud of."
Last week, the grocery store workers standing behind unioin workers picketing at Lemon Grove and Market Creek Plaza Food4Less stores were asking the union to return to the bargaining table and agree on a "fair contract." Negotiations had gone flat. The large worker union warned its workers Kroger was cutting hours at Food4Less, and, shifting higher paid work to stores' lower paid employees. And, the company might ruin their families' health coverage.
There was no guarantee Kroger would not follow through on the company's plan to freeze employees' wages at the minimum wage for several years.
Today, the critical time, since the union contract ended on June 8th, grocery store workers faced worsened labor conditions, was over. Grocery workers got a contract they "deserved." "It is a deal that will make our members happy," the union said.
Union workers in UFCW Local 135 will hold meetings next week to ratify the new contract.
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