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Negotiations over Kroger workers' next contract to resume next week

Kroger store
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Kroger store on Chambers Rd. in Grandview, Ohio.

There may be some progress coming in the labor fight between Columbus Kroger workers and the company.

A statement from United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1059 said they'll return to the bargaining table on September 27.

“It is our hope that by returning to negotiations with Kroger representatives, we will negotiate an agreement that addresses our members' concerns with the previous tentative agreements and makes our stores better," the statement said. "While we are returning to the bargaining table, we have secured the authorization necessary to call a strike in the event that the company forces our members further in that direction and are continuing to make preparations for that possibility."

If the meeting happens, it would come about two weeks after more than 80% of union members voted to authorize a strike.

Both sides have been relatively quiet on what's kept members from approving a new contract, but the company has repeatedly touted pay raises included in their latest proposal.

The recent vote to authorize a strike does not necessarily mean it will happen, and workers remain on the job.

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Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.