CINCINNATI -- Supermarket clerks returning to work last week after a nine-week strike at West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky stores operated by Kroger Co. here succeeded in using the work stoppage to preserve their health care benefits, union leaders told SN. During the strike, Kroger closed all 44 affected stores in the tri-state region. In the third quarter ended Nov. 8, Kroger said it sustained estimated lost sales of $135 million to $145 million due to strikes in Southern California and ...

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