Cincinnati, Kroger could see workers at its 19 stores in North Carolina walk off the job if contract negotiations don’t bear fruit soon, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. The employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 204 voted to authorize a strike in early August. The union's contract with Kroger expired on July 20. Negotiations are continuing, with a major sticking point being Kroger's proposal to have employees pay a portion of their health-insurance premiums. The union, which is seeking a wage increase, has not yet set a strike date.