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    Locals 135, 337, 795, 984 and 988 Win Improvements

    (WASHINGTON) – Teamsters Warehouse Division Director and International Vice President Steve Vairma announced that after seven months of negotiations the Kroger master agreement, including all five local union supplements, has successfully concluded. The five-year agreement was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership.

    The agreement covers over 1,500 workers. The locals partied to the contract are Local 135 in Indianapolis, Local 337 in Detroit, Local 795 in Wichita, Local 984 in Memphis and Local 988 in Houston.

    “This new contract increases workers’ wages, protects their health care and eliminates the two-tier holiday schedule which has been heartburn for our junior members for some time now. The national committee worked very hard and did a tremendous job on getting this contract ratified,” Vairma said.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/12/kr...tify-agreement

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    Kroger, workers have new labor agreement

    Kroger and the union representing almost 20,000 of its workers have a new agreement.

    The Cincinnati-based retail giant announced the new labor agreement on Friday for employees in the Dayton, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas represented by The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 75.

    Kroger said it plans to spend an additional $500 million in associate wages, training and development over the next three years. The Cincinnati/Dayton division agreement raises starting wages to at least $10 per hour and to $11 an hour after one year of service. It also includes a premium increase for night shift work.

    “UFCW Local 75 strives to negotiate contracts that secure better wages and affordable benefits, providing a voice for hard-working men and women and strengthening our communities and this contract does those important things,” stated Kevin Garvey, union president.
    https://www.daytondailynews.com/busi...HwNnTxYVK5udJ/

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    I'm confused I didn't see anything about pensions in there. Did Kroger already withdraw from the funds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    I'm confused I didn't see anything about pensions in there. Did Kroger already withdraw from the funds?
    My pension was through the company (Smith's) and was taken over by Kroger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    I'm confused I didn't see anything about pensions in there. Did Kroger already withdraw from the funds?
    older associates were grandfathered in and is no longer available

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    I'm confused I didn't see anything about pensions in there. Did Kroger already withdraw from the funds?
    http://www.theshelbyreport.com/2017/...tates-pension/

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    Default Re: Kroger Teamsters Ratify Agreement

    In 2015, Kroger and IBT negotiated, and members ratified, an agreement that would have transferred Kroger associates and retirees from Central States to the new IBT fund. This transfer required the approval of Central States. The Central States Trustees have not agreed to the transfer. This led Kroger and the IBT to negotiate an agreement providing for Krogerís withdrawal from Central States, while preserving the possibility of a transfer.
    I guess I'm really getting old. I've read this 4 times and I still don't get what it says. Kroger withdrew from CSPF and I assume paid it's withdrawal liability. So Kroger no longer makes contributions to CSPF for it's employees/associates. But CSPF hasn't allowed the transfer of the employees/associates and retirees to the new IBT fund. What does this actually mean?

    Under the ratified agreement, the benefits current associates have earned as participants of Central States will be protected, the company says. The new IBT pension fund will make up benefits that are reduced by Central States as a result of Krogerís withdrawal, and should Central States become insolvent and benefits become reduced, the IBT Consolidated Pension Fund will restore benefit reductions above the level guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
    I wonder how much more the IBT fund will pay above the PBGC's 35% ? And I still get pissed off every time a company refers to it's employees as being associates.
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