Kentucky Grocery Workers Reject Kroger Contract Offer

CINCINNATI (AP) - A new three-year contract proposal from Kroger has been rejected by Cincinnati area supermarket workers, including employees in northern Kentucky.

The workers voted last night to turn down the proposal, which would have increased health insurance costs for employees.

Leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers union had urged rejection of the offer, giving membership the authority to call a strike if future negotiations don't progress.

Union leaders say the proposal by Cincinnati-based Kroger also offered subpar wage increases.

The union didn't release vote totals but said Kroger's offer was rejected by 98 percent of voters, and turnout was strong.

The union represents eleven thousand employees in 77 stores.

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