Cincinnati, Aunion representing nearly 11,000 grocery workers said its tentative three-year contract with Kroger Co. provides employees with quality health insurance, wage increases and no benefits cuts.
The agreement, announced late Thursday, avoided a last-minute strike at 79 stores in the Cincinnati region.
The tentative contract must be approved by the union's membership, and voting could begin next week, said Brigid Kelly, a spokeswoman for Local 1099 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The union last month authorized its leaders to call a strike. They continued working under a contract extension that was scheduled to end at midnight Thursday.