By Diane Adam
Source: Winsight Grocery Business

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. union members this week reached a tentative agreement with the grocery retailer, potentially averting a strike that could have sent more than 12,000 workers to the picket line.

The new contact, however, awaits the approval of union membership. A vote was ongoing Friday afternoon. Workers earlier this month rejected a previous deal with the grocer.

No details of the new terms of the agreement were made public by Kroger Co. or the union.

“Negotiations concluded today with an updated contract offer to share with our membership. Our members have the ultimate say on whether this offer addresses their concerns, and our first priority is sharing this offer with them. Our efforts were focused on the needs of our members and delivering the wages and benefits they deserve as the tireless, essential workers who serve this community well,” said Randy Quickel, president of UFCW Local 1059 which represents the Kroger union workers, in a statement.

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