Get the Facts on Our Health Care Proposal

Get the Facts

October 30th, 2020

It’s unfortunate that UFCW Local 400 is misleading you about our health care proposal.  It is causing unnecessary fear and uncertainty for associates. Your health care benefits cannot be randomly “slashed” or cut without mutual agreement among the board of trustees of the Local 400 Health & Welfare Fund, which includes an equal number of union-appointed and company-appointed trustees.

Don’t let the union’s propaganda get in the way of the truth. The union’s statements are made up of “what if’s” and worst-case scenarios. Under our Comprehensive Best Offer to Settle, your health care benefits will continue to be there for you and your family. Here are some important facts about our health care proposal:

  • Under Kroger Mid-Atlantic’s Comprehensive Best Offer to Settle, your approved health care claims would be paid on a weekly basis by the company. Your union doesn’t contribute a dime to your health care coverage or pay any of your claims.
  • The company’s funding proposal is backed by the full faith and credit of the Kroger family of companies. Meaning, Kroger would have to go out of business completely for any of your approved health care benefit claims to go unpaid during this contract period.
  • The projections provided by the UFCW Local 400 & Employers Health and Welfare Fund estimate that the fund will need $86 million from Kroger over three years.
  • Our proposal promises that Kroger will pay up to $99 million for claims over the same three-year period. That’s $13 million more than projected.
  • In the unlikely event that these projections do not hold true and Kroger pays more than $99 million in claims, it is important to know that your health care benefits cannot be changed without advance notice. That is the law.
  • Any changes to your health care benefits would have to be agreed upon by the Fund’s board of trustees. Remember, there are an equal number of union-appointed and company-appointed trustees on the Fund’s board of trustees.
  • If the board of trustees approve any changes to your health care benefits, those changes would go into effect the following plan year. Under Kroger’s offer, no plan changes will occur in the middle of any plan year.
  • When making these misleading statements, is the union saying they would not have a voice in any of the things that they say could happen?

You can review our Comprehensive Best Offer to Settle, including our health care proposal, by visiting www.krogermidatlanticcba.com.

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