HOUSTON -- Two locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union here and Kroger Co., Cincinnati, agreed to extend their expiring contract while continuing to negotiate for a new deal, the UFCW here said. The contract covering around 12,000 Kroger employees, was to have expired at midnight Saturday. The extension will be in place until a new deal is reached or one party gives the other a seven-day notice to terminate the extension.

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