Union organizers deliver federal charges to several Kroger managers
Disagreement continues between union members and the Kroger corporation. A statement from Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers accused Kroger managers who tried to stop union employees from leafleting customers --of violating federal labor law.
The Local 400 statement
said "several store managers threatened the workers earlier this week for talking to customers" and "Federal labor law protects union workers to exercise their rights without retaliation by their employer." Local 400 organizers filed federal charges and "teams of Kroger union members delivered the charges to managers at several stores," the union statement said.
Unionized workers have been threatening to go on strike in the upcoming weeks. They are dissatisfied with Kroger's last offer when it comes to wages and sick days. The union believes Kroger can do better.
WHSV reached out to a Kroger manager in the Valley to whom charges were delivered, but he said the policy is to refer press inquiries about such things to Kroger's Media Relations office in Roanoke.
That store manager provided contact information which led to a prompt written reply from Anne Jenkins, Kroger's Mid-Atlantic customer communications manager:
There are 36 Kroger locations in Virginia under the current contract. WHSV's earlier coverage of the possible strike is online