Kroger Co. makes new offer for union contracts in Cincinnati and Dayton

Union warned of possible health cuts in May

CINCINNATI - The Kroger Co. is getting closer to a contract covering 12,000 union employees in Cincinnati and 4,000 in Dayton. An update on the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75 web site says “a number of outstanding issues” have been resolved and the company presented “a new comprehensive offer” this week.

“We are reviewing the proposal and expect the process to take about a week,” said the update.

UFCW spokeswoman Brigid Kelly declined to provide any details on the latest offer from Kroger. Company spokeswoman Rachael Betzler described the offer as "very good," but declined to provide details.

"The bargaining parties have been working together to develop a contract that rewards our associates and also enables the company to operate stores in a competitive and contemporary manner," Betzler said. "This offer does those things."

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