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Kroger and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) reportedly have agreed to extend the contract that expired last weekend, and to continue talking until their contract dispute is ended and a new deal is arrived at.

The talks affect two Houston-area locals representing 10,800 union workers.

Kroger reportedly is anxious to avoid a repeat of the four-month strike that crippled the chain in Southern California. As in California, the issues being debated are benefits, especially the sharing of heath care costs.
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