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Kroger employees hold protest in Wheeling

Updated: Thursday, August 14 2014, 05:51 PM EDT
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Kroger employees, numbering more than 100, rallied at the Mount de Chantal store in Wheeling on Thursday afternoon.
They were protesting their latest wage offer and contract situation. Employees have been working without a new collective bargaining agreement for a few weeks.
They say Kroger offered a 10-cent-per-hour raise in their contract, but the employees say they deserve more. Protestors said many employees are forced to turn to food stamps and other taxpayer-funded sources to survive on their wages, despite the company’s rising profits.
The president of UFCW Local 23 Tony Helfer said if Kroger doesn't do something soon, they might see employees protesting at every Kroger, or employees might go on a strike.
Meanwhile, Beth Wilkin, Kroger customer communication manager, said they want what’s best for both sides.
“Our focus remains on the negotiating table on reaching a contract proposal that’s good for our associates and for our business,” she said. “We remain hopeful that we can reach such an agreement.”
We will of course continue to follow this story and bring you any new developments.

Kroger employees hold protest in Wheeling

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