Kroger employees in West Virginia approve contract

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kroger employees have ratified a new union contract covering 4,200 workers at 34 grocery stores in West Virginia and five in Ohio and Kentucky.

WVVA-TV reports that about 1,000 members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 voted Monday in Charleston and Clarksburg.

The contract with the grocery chain was effective immediately and extends through Aug. 29, 2020.

According to Local 400, the contract maintains health care and retirement benefits and increases pay.

Employees held demonstrations at some stores the past few weeks urging a contract settlement.

The national chain says it has almost 2,800 grocery retail stores in 35 states.