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Local Kroger employees looking for new contract protest outside Ashton Place location

Some union employees were protesting for a new contract outside the Ashton Place Kroger Thursday afternoon. (WCHS/WVAH){ }

Shoppers at one Kroger in Kanawha County got quite a surprise when they went grocery shopping Thursday.

Some union employees were protesting for a new contract outside the Ashton Place Kroger Thursday afternoon. Union officials said they are currently in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement that will cover more than 4,000 employees across the Tri-State.

Employees said protests and strikes are their last resort in getting a deal done.

“We don't want to close these stores, it's always bad for both sides. But if they don't want to deal fairly with us in good faith, then we're prepared to shut them down,” employee Fred Hogan said.

Union officials said a tentative agreement has not been reached yet, but they will let us know when they finalize a new deal.

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