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Kroger and union for Columbus-area workers resume contract negotiations

A Kroger grocery store in Dearborn, Mich.
Paul Sancya
Associated Press

It's back to the bargaining table today for Kroger union leaders representing Columbus-area workers and company officials.

The two sides have been at odds since union members rejected the latest three-year contract offer from management and overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike notice earlier this month. Negotiators for the company and the union that represents about 8,000 local Kroger workers at 78 stores have urged members to approve the deal.

The vote to authorize a strike does not necessarily mean it will happen and workers remain on the job.

Both sides have been relatively quiet on what's kept members from approving a new contract, but the company has repeatedly touted pay raises included in their latest proposal.

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