Kroger Workers Sign Contract

Labor Dispute
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Nearly two months after walking off the job, more than 3,000 Kroger workers are heading back to work.

Striking workers leaving the Charleston Civic Center Thursday morning after the vote said the contract was ratified by a vote of 976-780.

Union officials could not be reached for comment, and details of the contract are not available.

About 3,300 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 officials walked off the job at 44 stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky Oct. 13 over a dispute over health care benefits and other issues.

A tentative agreement was negotiated earlier this week by union and Kroger officials under federal mediation.

Kroger spokesman Archie Fralin said earlier that if the proposal was ratified, it could take up to ten days for the stores to reopen.