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Kroger Co. and the united Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union reportedly have reached a tentative agreement for a new four-and-a-half year contract that would cover 4,000 workers at 58 central Indiana stores.

The UFCW has recommended that its membership approve the deal. The employees are scheduled to vote Friday. If approved, it will allow Kroger to avoid a threatened strike.

While neither side is discussing specifics of the tentative contract agreement, the negotiations reportedly centered both on compensation and health care/benefits issues.
KC's View:
It was only a few weeks ago that nobody seemed to know if the result of the four-month California strike would be increased tensions and more strikes around the country, or a greater willingness to negotiate and come to amenable agreements.

Clearly, it seems to be the latter.

Though we’re not sure that the upcoming Northern California negotiations will follow this pattern.