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Kroger Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement

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Hundreds of Kroger Teamsters showed up and showed out at the bargaining table for weeks to win a Tentative Agreement. After twelve long years, members will be voting on a 32-month contract packed with improvements.

Tentative agreements are being translated for distribution as soon as possible. The ratification vote will take place next week. Stay tuned for updates. 

Click to see the full Tentative Agreement. Details of the Kroger 401k plan will be attached to the printed copies of the TA.

Some highlights of the Tentative Agreement:

  • Wage increases. $4/hour increases across the board over the life of the 32 month contract. $2/hour in year one, $0.50 every six months for the duration of the agreement. Locked in $6.00 shift differentials. 
  • Protect our work. Eliminates subcontracting rights and eliminates VAR employees.
  • Restoration of porter jobs. We won back four porter classifications for over a dozen additional union porter jobs and a 20% restoration of union porter work.
  • One Union, One Contract. Bus drivers/dock assistants, checkers, and warehouse workers are now united under one contract.
  • Maintain our benefits. Union health insurance is protected and rates are frozen for the duration of the agreement. Kroger 401k plan with contribution rates maintained.
  • Improves mandate language. Management must provide 24 hour notice to mandate overtime.
  • Enforceable attendance policy, providing rights to up to three additional paid days off and two second chance agreements.
  • Improved protection against discipline for production by introducing an additional progressive step.
  • Additional bidding rights. A percentage of selectors and LTO’s have the right to bid on equipment every six months by seniority.
  • Expanded Shop Steward rights. Shop stewards have the right to attend new hire orientations; up to ten stewards can be present for every grievance hearing on company time; and more.
  • Improved strike protections. Kroger Teamsters now have the right to honor Kroger picket lines.

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