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Published reports say that Kroger Co. and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union have agreed to both resume contract negotiations and extend the existing labor contract until November 12.

The existing contract expired last night, and a strike had been expected. Kroger already had announced a reduction of operating hours in its 24-hour units to compensate for an expected lack of personnel, though it is likely that this shift will be delayed pending some sort of result from new talks.

The argument in Indiana, as elsewhere in the country where strikes against supermarket chains are taking place, is over both compensation and a proposed reduction in health care contributions by management.
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