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The Denver Business Journal reports that Kroger-owned King Soopers and Safeway have come to a tentative agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) on health care provisions of a new labor agreement currently being negotiated to replace the current five-year contract that expires on May 7.

According to the Journal, the provisions will give “some 19,000 workers in the Denver area … access to preventive-care measures for the first time, and the increased health of workers should save money for both them and the companies … The preventive-care services also include Web and phone nurse support, a chronic disease management program and screenings such as mammograms and prostate tests. The services will come at no extra cost to the employees.:”

The agreement reportedly will be presented to the third retailer with which the UFCW is negotiating, Albertsons, this week.

However, both sides caution that the health care agreement is just one component of the broader labor negotiations that continue, and that are said to be far from being concluded. Among the subjects on the table and still to be decided are wages and the future of the existing two-tier benefits system.

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