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About 6,500 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union have approved a pair of four-year contracts with Kroger in Tennessee and Mississippi.

The employees have been working under the terms of contracts that expired back in October.

According to the company, the two contracts provide for wage increases as well as an increase in what Kroger pays to provide health benefits for its employees by as much as eight percent a year.
KC's View:
So, is it just that folks in Tennessee and Mississippi are more reasonable than those in Southern California?

Or is it that Kroger, left to its own devices, is able to come to an equitable deal in a way that it cannot when lumped into a single negotiating entity with Albertsons and Safeway?