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Kroger Reaches Agreement with Union, Avoiding Strike

LITTLE ROCK - Union workers at Kroger agreed Sunday to a new contract, avoiding a potential strike, The Associated Press reports.

The union represents about 2,600 workers in 36 grocery stores around the state of Arkansas. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 2008 reached agreement on a new contract Sunday after three months of talks, and workers voted to accept it rather than strike, the union said.

Union workers had been concerned about scheduling, health-care costs and pay raises.

The previous contract expired at midnight Saturday.

The new contract restores insurance costs to a better rate, continues scheduling by seniority and gives all workers a $1-per-hour raise spread over four years, said Linda Barnhart, a worker involved in the negotiations.
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