Kroger and Union Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

May 25, 2016
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Kroger and the food workers union have a new deal…one that will stop a possible strike next week.

The tentative contract agreement comes after two days of negotiations between Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the biggest supermarket chain in the country.  

Kroger Workers Authorize Strike

May 18, 2016
Associated Press

Workers at Kroger stores in western and central Virginia could soon be on strike.

 The union representing some 3,000 employees rejected the company’s latest contract offer today. And workers authorized a strike if they don’t get a new deal by June 4th.

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Now that the presidential election cycle is heating up, so is the job market for people who work in political organizations. 

It’s an industry that reached its all-time high in October 2008, when political organizations had a combined total of twenty thousand employees. That includes advocacy groups, political parties and candidate campaigns. Florida has the most employees in this industry, followed by D.C. and Ohio. Virginia is way down at number ten. 

“I think we have this impression that Virginia has a bigger political consulting establishment than it does."

Pamela D'Angelo

Five economically distressed regions of Virginia are being given grants to stimulate job growth. Maurice Jones, Virginia's secretary of commerce, traveled to the Northern Neck Friday to personally hand over a $70,000 check for a new center to help bring technology jobs back to the U.S.

Virginia's employment rates are breaking state records but Secretary Jones warned about two risks.

Why Virginia Loses Jobs

Oct 20, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe predicts Virginia will have 1.5 million job openings in the next decade -- fueled by the retirement of 900,000 baby boomers.  He hopes to see 600,000 new positions but says it isn't always easy to attract new business to the Commonwealth.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to be known as the man who generates jobs, but he admits Virginia is not always an easy sell.  He recently asked the CEO of Canon to build its global research and development center here and was told …