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Kroger Employees Approve Strike Vote In Three States


Updated on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 4 p.m.

In a statement, Kroger said: “We are disappointed that our offer was rejected by UFCW Local 400 members present during the vote. And we understand that our associates and customers are best served by the company and union returning to the bargaining table.

Thanks in large part to the involvement of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and the Federal Mediation Conciliation Services, the parties will resume contract negotiations and we are pleased to do so. The company and union will meet to continue discussions toward finding common ground on areas of concern.

We are hopeful that we can work together to reach a fully recommended tentative agreement that is a win for associates and helps to keep groceries affordable for the communities we serve.”

Updated on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 3 p.m.

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 Union announced at 2:30 p.m. Friday that it will resume talks with the company “in hopes of reaching an agreement.” The union also plans to hold a series of rallies at select stores on March 11 where they will announce the next steps they plan to take.

The union said, for now, they will continue to work as normal and all Kroger stores in the three-state area will remain open.

Original Story

Workers at 38 Kroger grocery stores in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio have voted to go on strike. Whether they do or not is dependent on further negotiations with the company.  

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 Union announced Friday that Kroger union members have voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The union is cautious to say they are not on strike yet, but the bargaining committee can call a strike at any moment. 

Employees in select stores voted 1,375–214 (87 percent) to reject the company’s contract proposal and 1,347–229 (85 percent) to authorize a strike.

“This vote has sent a powerful message to Kroger that they must do better if they expect us to ratify a contract,” explained the union’s bargaining committee in its announcement to members. “Now, we are ready to sit down with the company and negotiate an agreement that we can recommend for ratification. If not, we are ready to continue to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract. By sticking together, we will win.”

If it takes place, the strike would involve approximately 3,000 workers. 

In a statement, the Kroger company said that Kroger Mid-Atlantic stores in the three states are open for business and serving customers despite UFCW Local 400’s announcement of a strike authorization. 

“Despite our proposed historical investment of $300 million in associate wages and health care in West Virginia, our offer was not ratified. Our associates are the heart of Kroger, and we respect and value their hard work,” said Lori Raya, Kroger Mid-Atlantic division president. “Our proposal would put more money in every associate’s paycheck and preserve high-quality healthcare at 72 percent less than the average healthcare expense for West Virginia families. We remain dedicated to finding common ground and extend an open invitation to UFCW Local 400 for further dialogue.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., issued a statement on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that: “I greatly value the diligent work every Kroger team member performs in West Virginia and the indispensable role Kroger stores and their employees fill in our communities. I encourage all parties to come back to the negotiating table as soon as possible to preserve jobs and benefits and keep these essential stories operational and thriving.”

The Mid-Atlantic Division operates more than 100 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Division employs about 15,000 associates. 

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 is led by President Mark Federici and represents 35,000 members working in the grocery, retail, health care, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The regional stores included in the potential collective bargaining agreement include: 

West Virginia:

  • Kroger #668, Box 1264, Mt. Gay, WV 25637
  • Kroger #708, McGraw & Main Streets, Ripley, WV 25271
  • Kroger #714, 350 Patterson Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #722, PO Box 2609, Rt 4 & 20, South Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Kroger #725, 1439 MacCorkle Ave SW, St Albans, WV 25177
  • Kroger #730, 450 11th St, Elkins, WV 26241
  • Kroger #734, 518 Park Center US Rt 60, Rainelle, WV 25962
  • Kroger #739, 2908 State St, Gassaway , WV 26624
  • Kroger #743, 308 Stokes Dr, Hinton, WV 25951
  • Kroger #752, 2007 East 7th St, Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • Kroger #753, 930 Division St, Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • Kroger #754, 10635 MacCorkle Ave SE, Marmet, WV 25315
  • Kroger #755, 1851 Earl Core Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #763, 5450 Big Tyler Rd, Charleston, WV 25312
  • Kroger #765, 180 Red Oak Shop Ctr, Ronceverte, WV 24970
  • Kroger #768, 981 Dunbar Village, Dunbar, WV 25064
  • Kroger #769, #5 Riverwalk Mall, South Charleston, WV 25303
  • Kroger #770, 151 Beaver Plaza , PO Box 579, Beaver, WV 25813
  • Kroger #772, 5717 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304
  • Kroger #774, 102 Emily Dr, Clarksburg, WV 26301
  • Kroger #778, 500 Delaware Ave, Charleston, WV 25302
  • Kroger #780, 411 Mall Rd, Oak Hill, WV 25901
  • Kroger #782, 19 7th Ave  , Huntington, WV 25701
  • Kroger #785, 1100 Fledder John Rd, Charleston, WV 25314
  • Kroger #788, 6360 US Route 60, Barboursville, WV 25504
  • Kroger #790, 133 Beckley Crossing, Beckley, WV 25802
  • Kroger #792, 2627 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25702
  • Kroger #794, 101 Great Teays Blvd, Scott Depot, WV 25560
  • Kroger #805, 1734 Harper Rd, Beckley, WV 25801
  • Kroger #807, 223 The Crossing Shop Center, Elkview, WV 25071
  • Kroger #813, 500 Suncrest Town Center, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Kroger #817, PO Box 1209 Rt 85 Hopkins Rd, Danville, WV 25053


  • Kroger #776, 40 Acme St, Marietta, OH 45750
  • Kroger #781, 6306 State Rt 7, Proctorville, OH 45669
  • Kroger #799, 1008 Washington Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714
  • Kroger #800, 401 Matthew St, Marietta, OH 45750


  • Kroger #783, 711 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Ashland, KY 41101
  • Kroger #796, 370 Diedrick Blvd, Ashland, KY 41101