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Princeton Kroger not involved in possible strike at Kroger stores

March 2 – By GREG JORDAN

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON – United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 Union announced Friday that Kroger union members voted in favor of allowing a strike at 38 stores in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, but a store in Mercer County is not among them.

The announcement means the union’s bargaining committee can call a strike at any time, but workers were not on strike as they were on Friday afternoon, a union statement said.

Jonathan Williams, communications director for the Local 400 Union, said the Kroger, located on Stafford Drive in Princeton, is under a separate union contract and is not affected by the strike vote.

Kroger stores in Beaver, Beckley and Hinton could be affected by the strike.

“This vote sent a strong message to Kroger that they must do better if they expect us to ratify a contract,” the union’s bargaining committee said in its announcement to members. “Now we are ready to sit down with the company and negotiate an agreement that we can recommend for ratification. If not, we are prepared to continue to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract .”

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On Friday afternoon, the union announced the next steps toward a possible strike at Kroger stores.

“We will resume discussions with the company in the hope of reaching an agreement. In the meantime, we will also be holding a series of meetings at select stores on March 11, where we will announce further next steps,” Williams said. “For the time being, we will continue to report to work as normal.”

One of these rallies will take place at the Kroger location at 1734 Harper Road in Beckley. That starts on March 11 at 4 p.m.

The vote on whether to allow a strike was held in selected stores this week and votes were counted on Friday. The members voted 1,375 – 214 (87%) to reject the company’s contract proposal and 1,347 – 229 (85%) to approve a strike.

The potential work stoppage could impact approximately 3,000 employees at 38 stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Local Kroger stores that could be part of a strike include: – Kroger #743, 308 Stokes Drive in Hinton. — Kroger #770, 151 Beaver Plaza in Beaver. — Kroger #780, 411 Mall Road in Oak Hill. — Kroger #790, 133 Beckley Crossing in Beckley. — Kroger #805, 1734 Harper Road in Beckley.

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– Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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