Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Sides report slow progress

Negotiations between Kroger Co. and the union representing 8,500 meat cutters and clerks in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are scheduled to continue this afternoon, building on progress made Monday.

The company and officers of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1099 met Monday afternoon and talks continued past midnight. "We made a little progress and continued exchanging proposals" on wages and contract language, said Kroger spokesman Gary Rhodes. "We remain cautiously optimistic that we can reach an agreement."

Local 1099 spokesman John Marrone termed the progress "incremental." The two sides planned to work on proposals Tuesday, then meet at 1:30 p.m. today to continue negotiations.

John Byczkowski

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