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In West Virginia, WOWK-TV News reports that “United Food & Commercial Workers Local 23 and the Kroger Co. have agreed to a four-week contract extension, giving them at least until Sept. 21 to negotiate a new agreement.”

Unionized employees last week rejected a proposed three year-contract would have covered 1,000 workers at 12 Kroger stores in Ohio and West Virginia. The union says the two sides are not in synch on matters of wages and health care costs.

The employees also have authorized a strike, though both sides they hope to avoid just an eventuality.
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