TOLEDO, Ohio — United Food and Commercial Workers Local 911 filed unfair labor practice charges this week against Kroger Co., Cincinnati, saying that the retailer presented a contract offer to workers directly without going through union channels, according to Jefferson Stephens, president and chief executive officer of the local. Despite the setback, the two sides are close to an agreement on a new contract, he said, and are scheduled to meet this Friday with a federal mediator. The ...

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