By Stephen Hamway
Source: Yahoo! News

Kroger and the union representing around 2,500 Smith’s Food & Drug employees across New Mexico have agreed to a one-week extension of their current contract, postponing a potential strike.

Thursday was the final day of planned negotiations between Kroger, the parent company of Smith’s, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. UFCW chapter president Greg Frazier said the extension renews the contract between the two parties until Feb. 5. If the two parties fail to agree on a contract or another extension, the union will take a vote on whether to strike after that point.

Frazier said the two parties plan to meet again next week for two days, adding that workers continue to seek higher pay and better working conditions.

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