Kroger11The Kroger Co. workers at the Mid-South and Atlanta sections recently ratified two labor pacts. The agreement with United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1995 was approved and will affect about 10,500 members at the two divisions.

Earlier in December, the members had rejected an offer made by the retail chain.  The parties continued negotiations and a provisional agreement was reached on December14. President of UFCW Local 1995  Greg Stallings said that their standing together led to an improvement of the retail chain’s previous offer and had resulted in good changes for health care.

The terms of the contract were not disclosed. The agreement will cover associates of the Kroger Co. working in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Huntsville, Alabama; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee.

The President of the Mid-South division, John Hackett, said that they were pleased that an agreement was reached that was good for their associates and that would help the retailer be more competitive. Atlanta division president Bruce Lucia also added that the division thanked the workers for patience displayed during the talks. Lucia said that they were grateful for the professional and dedicated team of workers who served clients with excellence.

Kroger Co. is based in Cincinnati, OH and has 2,422 multi-department stores and supermarkets in thirty-one states with 339,000 workers. The stores operate under many banners including Smith’s, Ralphs, QFC, King Soopers, Fry’s, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Jay C, Dillons, City Market and Kroger. The retailer also has 37 food-processing plants; 1,141 supermarket fuel centers, 344 jewelry stores and 790 convenience stores. The retail industry this year has had to enter into lengthy negotiations with unions and some have faced strikes.