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The Houston Chronicle reports that Kroger employees in Houston represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have informed the company that if they are unable reach a contract agreement by the end of the week, they may go on strike.

Almost 13,000 Kroger employees saw their most recent contract expired March 31, and have been working under an extension since that time. However, the extension now has expired, and the UFCW sees prepared to play some version of hardball.

Union spokeswoman Amber Sparks told the Chronicle that while they are preparing for a strike, “We're hoping not to strike. Nobody wants to strike.”

Kroger spokesman Russell Richard responded, “We take the union very seriously. We're still working toward a balanced agreement.”
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