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UFCW ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR KROGER STRIKERS

 UFCW ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR KROGER STRIKERS
 The fifth week of the strike by 7,500 Kroger workers will be a busy


one for the strikers, capped by a trip to Kroger's annual meeting Thursday in Cincinnati, where striker/shareholders will handbill their fellow shareholders and ask questions of Kroger executives.
 MONDAY, MAY 18
 Union attorneys to file unfair labor practice charges against Kroger with NLRB for bargaining in bad faith. Charges: store managers delivered copies to strikers before union; pressured members to force vote; and refused to bargain terms. Charges will also be filed re: Kroger subpoenaing union officials to court hearing Thursday on injunction request to keep them from attending shareholders' meeting. Union attorneys will deliver charges to NLRB Region 7 office, 477 Michigan Ave., at 2 p.m. and be available for interviews.
 CONTACT: Mary Ellen Gurewicz of Sachs, Waldman, 313-965-3464.
 (NOTE: MEETING OF UNION ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REPORT MEMBERSHIP REACTION TO KROGER PROPOSAL CHANGED TO TUESDAY TO HAVE EXTRA DAY TO CONTACT MEMBERS IN STORES.)
 TUESDAY, MAY 19
 Advisory Committee meets at 10 a.m. in Local 876's offices, near 13 Mile and I-75, to report membership sentiment re: Kroger proposal Friday to return to work and continue negotiating. Photo opportunity will be provided, and union officials available after meeting.
 At 11 a.m., same location, approximately 200 striker/shareholders will meet to discuss plans for attending Kroger shareholders' meeting in Cincinnati. Members will be briefed on arrangements, and expected response of Kroger. Also to be discussed: sending teams of strikers to visit other UFCW local unions representing Kroger. First wave expected to depart later in week to Columbus and Toledo to meet with Kroger workers in stores to explain strike. Meeting will be open to media coverage.
 About noon (exact time TBA), three truckloads of food donated by UFCW Middle Atlantic locals expected to arrive at Local 876. Strikers will unload and break down food into boxes for delivery to strikers. Caravan organized by Tom Russow, president of Local 27 in Baltimore, former member of Local 876.
 At 5 p.m., Coalition in Support of the Kroger Strikers will hold a major demonstration outside corporate offices of Kroger's Michigan Marketing Area in Laurel Park, off 6 Mile Road near I-275. Participants will deliver petitions from customers demanding Kroger return to bargaining and negotiate a fair and just contract. Union officials to deliver employee petitions to Joel Greenisen, KMA president, demanding halt to bargaining with members, instead of elected union leaders and Negotiating Committee.
 WEDNESDAY, MAY 20
 Food distribution to begin; time TBA. Location: Local 876 headquarters.
 In addition, informational handbilling of selected Foodland stores will be expanded beginning Wednesday. Foodland Distributors, a joint venture of Kroger and a St. Louis company, supplies both Foodland and Kroger stores. Handbilling aimed at union members boycotting Kroger in support of the strikers who need to know shopping at Foodland is helping Kroger weather strike. An initial test of handbilling at the Foodland at 14 Mile and Campbell proved highly successful in turning away customers.
 THURSDAY, MAY 21
 At 3:30 a.m., buses carrying striker/shareholders to annual meeting at Cincinnati's Clarion Hotel scheduled to depart Local 876 parking lot. Meeting begins at 10 a.m. Buses to arrive before meeting to handbill. Striker/shareholders will ask questions of Kroger executives. After meeting, buses will go to UFCW Local 1099 in Holland to meet Kroger workers from Cincinnati and Dayton whose contracts expire this fall. Local 1099 contact: Lenny Wyatt, 513-539-9961.
 From 4-7 p.m., the Coalition in Support of the Kroger Strikers and its Adopt-a-Store Program will hold rallies at many Kroger stores in the metro area to support striker/shareholders.
 SATURDAY, MAY 23
 Kroger strikers to handbill and demonstrate outside Tiger Stadium before the 1:30 p.m. game, which is Kroger Glove Day.
 CONTACT: Leo Jennings of UFCW, 313-585-9671.
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 (KR) CO: United Food and Commercial Workers; The Kroger Company ST: Michigan, Ohio IN: REA SU:


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