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The United Food and Commercial Works (UFCW) reportedly has recommended that 8,500 of its members who are Kroger employees in Cincinnati authorize a strike against the company.

The move came as the union revoked a contract extension that was agreed to last weekend, when the original contract expired. While the agreed-to extension was indefinite, it now will expire on Friday.

A two-thirds majority is required for a strike authorization.

The union has referred to the latest offer as “gutting” existing health benefits because Kroger wants workers to start paying some of their health-insurance premiums.

Kroger management has pledged to stay at the bargaining table until an agreement is reached.
KC's View:
Experience has shown that when labor and management keep talking, agreements can be reached. The Southern California experience shows that a strike isn’t good for anyone.

We hope that saner heads will prevail.