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Subject Grocery union opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger
Date October 20, 2022 9:47 AM
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Grocery union opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger

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Grocery union opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger

UFCW Local 400, which represents more than 20,000 workers at Kroger and Safeway grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, yesterday came out [link removed] strongly opposed to the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons. "If this deal goes through, the majority of the grocery industry will be controlled by only two chains - Kroger and Walmart," said Local 400 President Mark Federici. "This sort of concentration of market power is precisely what antitrust laws are intended to prevent. We cannot allow our food system to turn into a duopoly that will eliminate meaningful competition and drive up the price of groceries." The grocery workers' union called on the Federal Trade Commission "to protect American consumers and stop this disastrous deal," as well as State Attorneys General and "any and all other officials" with the power to intervene. "We cannot allow this unprecedented merger to put thousands of essential workers at risk of losing their jobs and irrevocably harm the communities we serve," said Federici. U.S. senators who scrutinize antitrust issues expressed "serious concerns" about grocery company [link removed] Kroger's plan to buy rival [link removed] Albertsons, and said they would hold a hearing next month on the $25 billion deal, [link removed] reported CNBC.


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"As food prices remain elevated, too many American families are struggling to put food on the table. This merger raises considerable antitrust concerns."

In a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan expressing concern about Kroger's plan to buy rival Albertsons.

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