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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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Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Extend COVID Leave & Childcare Grant

The strength of our Alliance partnership continues to benefit our members. Kaiser Permanente has agreed to extend the COVID childcare grant in all regions through June 5. As schools and day care centers reopen, if an employee’s children are enrolled in full-time care or school, they will not be eligible. However, if the child’s school or day care center is only partially reopened the employee will remain eligible. For example, if school is only 3 days a week, the employee will remain eligible. In another example, if school is 5 days a week but only 4 hours each day, the employee would remain eligible. The same program terms apply as previously.  You can read more about the childcare grant here.

Also, the COVID leave benefit is extended through June 5, with the same terms and eligibility as currently in effect. KP indicated their intention is to end the benefit effective June 5, but agreed to reevaluate pandemic conditions as we get closer to June 5. You can read more about the leave extension here.