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UNION REPRESENTING KROGER STRIKERS CALLS FOR ROUND-THE-CLOCK TALKS

 UNION REPRESENTING KROGER STRIKERS CALLS FOR ROUND-THE-CLOCK TALKS
 MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The union representing 7,000 striking Kroger clerks today released a letter to federal mediators outlining steps it believes would help reach a negotiated settlement to the strike which began April 13.
 Ron Brown, president of UFCW Local 876, wrote the following letter to federal mediator Michael Nowakowski:
 To make certain there is no confusion about the desire of Local 876 to reach a negotiated settlement to the Kroger strike, I am communicating to you the position of Local 876.
 1. Local 876 is ready, willing and prepared to negotiate, but we cannot negotiate with ourselves. We believe that a point-by-point response by Kroger to the counterproposal presented by the union on April 21, is essential to guide our committee in preparing any further offers.
 2. We believe that it is time for both parties to agree that the only place where the dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, and not in the media. Therefore, we propose a news blackout to begin when negotiations are formally convened with the mediator designed to make joint statements on behalf of the parties. To demonstrate our commitment to a negotiated settlement, Local 876 will not conduct any demonstrations while such a news blackout is in effect. It would be a sign of good faith for Kroger to cease its strike-related advertising, except, of course, for those ads to sell groceries.
 3. That a special subcommittee be established to resolve any costing issues that may arise. Local 876 is prepared to request the assistance of our International Union to provide experts in contract costing to work with our negotiating committee.
 4. That both parties commit themselves to remain at the bargaining table around-the-clock, if necessary, to reach a settlement.
 5. In all good conscience, we believe you should be aware that the patience of our members and their union with Kroger's rent-a-thugs has worn extremely thin. It is time for restraint. This union will take all actions necessary to protect our members who are being confronted daily in a pattern of intimidation that is being instigated by management. We strongly urge the mediators to use their good offices to intervene with those in management who can call a halt to these tactics before a regrettable incident takes place.
 Local 876 is eager to get back to the bargaining table, and hopes you are successful in arranging a meeting as soon as possible. However, we are not interested in another charade or sham bargaining.
 -0- 5/1/92
 /CONTACT: Al Zack of UFCW Local 876, 313-585-9671/
 (KR) CO: United Food & Commercial Workers Local 876; Kroger Company ST: Michigan IN: REA SU:


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