The Kroger Co.'s Columbus division has ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 1059.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates," said Joe Grieshaber, president of Kroger's Columbus division. "This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and ongoing investment in our associates' pension fund to support their retirement." Grieshaber said the pact was inked "after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees," and expressed thanks to division associates "for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day."
The contract covers more than 12,000 associates working in 85 stores, 64 fuel centers and 83 pharmacies in the Columbus metro area and suburbs.
Kroger employs nearly 400,000 associates and operates 2,626 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names, including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.