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Kroger Avoids Strike

BY CSA STAFF

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.

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Kroger, Union Back in Talks

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Cincinnati, With a Friday strike date looming, Kroger Co. and the union representing 11,000 of its Greater Cincinnati employees have gone back to the bargaining table, according to The Business Courier. The new round of talks are scheduled for Thursday.

The contract with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099 expired Oct. 7, but was extended until Friday. If no agreement is reached by its 12:01 a.m. expiration, workers will walk out at 77 tri-state Kroger stores. Kroger has said in that event, it will staff the stores with temporary workers.

The union and Kroger are at odds over health benefits, pensions and wages.

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Cabela’s Names Human Resources VP

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Sidney, Neb., Cabela’s Inc. has hired Charles Baldwin to serve as VP and chief human resources officer.

Baldwin comes to Cabela’s after 20 years working for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., with more than 10 years of experience in the human resources division. As VP of global talent management for Wal-Mart, Baldwin oversaw executive and organizational development, as well as Wal-Mart’s Corporate Learning Center and Leadership University.

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