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More Dates Set for Continued Bargaining!

Your Union Bargaining Committee will meet on Tuesday May 11th and Thursday May 13th to continue bargaining with the Kroger company.

During the bargaining committee meetings on May 11th and 13th, we will continue our bargaining of the Atlanta and Savannah Contracts. Your union bargaining committee is committed to engaging in a proactive process with Kroger’s negotiations team to ensure the bargaining of thorough contracts that address the items raised by our membership around wages, benefits and working conditions.

We will continue to post updates on our website. You can also have updates delivered directly to your email by signing up here. If you have any questions about the bargaining process you can submit your questions here.

Kroger Contract Negotiations Update – Bargaining Continues

Your union bargaining committee met with Kroger on Thursday, April 15th, continuing negotiations for the new contracts for Atlanta and Savannah. This bargaining session was very productive, and your bargaining committee continued to discuss many topics with the company.

In this meeting, additional proposals were exchanged around topics that affect members’ working conditions, especially as we consider the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic, and an ever-changing industry. During the meeting, the bargaining committee was able to discuss the majority of the contract language items raised by the membership.  We are committed to making sure we address the topics raised by membership and bargain a thorough contract for our members that addresses all needs of the membership.

This is one meeting in the bargaining process that will take several meetings to work through all the ideas and items that Kroger and your bargaining committee need to discuss. You can read more about the bargaining process here. The next meeting date is still being discussed.

If you have any questions about the bargaining process, please reach out to:
Eric Taylor, Director of Collective Bargaining at (678) 714-3492 or;
Maria Davenport, Retail Servicing Director at (678) 714-3538.

You can also submit a question about the process by filling out the form on this webpage. We will post regular updates on our website. You can have them delivered directly to your email by signing up here.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To read more about the qualifications and documentation needed to apply and find the hotline number, please check FEMA’s Website Here.

Kroger Contract Negotiations Update – First Bargaining Meeting Completed

Bargaining is underway for the Atlanta and Savannah Contracts!

Your union bargaining committee met Thursday, April 8th, to begin negotiations for the new contracts for Atlanta and Savannah. In this first meeting, the members of your bargaining committee had the opportunity to meet the Kroger negotiating team and set the expectations and process for bargaining moving forward.

Most of the meeting was spent exchanging proposals, sharing ideas and having a question-and-answer session between the UFCW Local 1996 bargaining committee and the Kroger company.

This is the first step in the bargaining process that will take several meetings to work through all the ideas and items that Kroger and your bargaining committee need to discuss. The next meeting is set for April 15th, 2021.

If you have any questions about the bargaining process, please reach out to:
Eric Taylor, Director of Collective Bargaining at (678) 714-3492 or;
Maria Davenport, Retail Servicing Director at (678) 714-3538.

You can also submit a question about the process by filling out the form on this webpage. We will post regular updates on our website. You can have them delivered directly to your email by signing up here.

Kroger Contract Negotiations Update – First Bargaining Meeting

UFCW Local 1996 will be meeting with the Kroger Company to begin discussions on the Kroger Atlanta and Savannah contracts on Thursday April 8th, 2021!

At this meeting, your union bargaining committee will hear updates from Kroger on the state of the industry and discuss ideas and thoughts presented by the membership for the new contracts.

We are excited to begin this process and remain focused on bargaining a thorough contract that addresses the needs of members under the Atlanta and Savannah Contracts.

Many items come up for discussion during contract negotiations. Remember that while an item may be up for discussion, any changes or updates will not be official until they are agreed to by both the union and the company and ratified by the membership.

During this process, we will vigilantly work to ensure a thorough and comprehensive bargaining process, addressing all topics important to our membership like wages, healthcare benefits and working conditions.

Both our Atlanta and Savannah contracts are currently under an extension, and the terms of those contracts will remain in place until new contracts are bargained.

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