Kroger employees vote to authorize strike

By RealWV staff,

Employees at Kroger’s grocery stores across three states voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike earlier today.

According to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 Union, “Members voted 1,375–214 (87%) to reject the company’s contract proposal and 1,347–229 (85%) to authorize a strike.” The union includes more than 3,000 Kroger employees.

While workers emphasized Friday afternoon that they are not on strike yet, they are prepared to take that step if needed. “This vote has sent a powerful message to Kroger that they must do better if they expect us to ratify a contract. Now, we are ready to sit down with the company and negotiate an agreement that we can recommend for ratification.”

In a separate statement, Kroger’s corporate office said they offered a $300 million investment in wages and benefits. “Our proposal would put more money in every associate’s paycheck and preserve high-quality healthcare at 72% less than the average healthcare expense for West Virginia families.”

Workers will rally on March 11 at 4pm at the Morgantown, Beckley, and Charleston stores.

The full list of stores which could be impacted by a strike is as follows:

  • Kroger #668, Box 1264, Mt. Gay, WV 25637
  • Kroger #708, McGraw & Main Streets, Ripley, WV 25271
  • Kroger #714, 350 Patterson Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #722, PO Box 2609, Rt 4 & 20, South Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Kroger #725, 1439 MacCorkle Ave SW, St Albans, WV 25177
  • Kroger #730, 450 11th St, Elkins, WV 26241
  • Kroger #734, 518 Park Center US Rt 60, Rainelle, WV 25962
  • Kroger #739, 2908 State St, Gassaway , WV 26624
  • Kroger #743, 308 Stokes Dr, Hinton, WV 25951
  • Kroger #752, 2007 East 7th St, Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • Kroger #753, 930 Division St, Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • Kroger #754, 10635 MacCorkle Ave SE, Marmet, WV 25315
  • Kroger #755, 1851 Earl Core Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #763, 5450 Big Tyler Rd, Charleston, WV 25312
  • Kroger #765, 180 Red Oak Shop Ctr, Ronceverte, WV 24970
  • Kroger #768, 981 Dunbar Village, Dunbar, WV 25064
  • Kroger #769, #5 Riverwalk Mall, South Charleston, WV 25303
  • Kroger #770, 151 Beaver Plaza , PO Box 579, Beaver, WV 25813
  • Kroger #772, 5717 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304
  • Kroger #774, 102 Emily Dr, Clarksburg, WV 26301
  • Kroger #778, 500 Delaware Ave, Charleston, WV 25302
  • Kroger #780, 411 Mall Rd, Oak Hill, WV 25901
  • Kroger #782, 19 7th Ave  , Huntington, WV 25701
  • Kroger #785, 1100 Fledder John Rd, Charleston, WV 25314
  • Kroger #788, 6360 US Route 60, Barboursville, WV 25504
  • Kroger #790, 133 Beckley Crossing, Beckley, WV 25802
  • Kroger #792, 2627 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25702
  • Kroger #794, 101 Great Teays Blvd, Scott Depot, WV 25560
  • Kroger #805, 1734 Harper Rd, Beckley, WV 25801
  • Kroger #807, 223 The Crossing Shop Center, Elkview, WV 25071
  • Kroger #813, 500 Suncrest Town Center, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #817, PO Box 1209 Rt 85 Hopkins Rd, Danville, WV 25053
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