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UFCW Local 99:

The Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Sept. 14, 2022 | Chandler, Arizona

If the pending Kroger-Albertsons merger is approved, it will impact all Arizona grocery workers, our families, and the communities we serve. Whether you work at Fry’s, Safeway, Smith’s, or Albertsons, we believe that you deserve a strong voice at the table to ensure that no matter the outcome, your livelihood is protected.

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If approved, the Kroger Albertsons merger will affect you. Enter your info to stay up to date on the latest merger developments:

Navigating the Pending Merger

Since the pending merger was first announced nearly two years ago, UFCW Local 99 and our international union have been laser-focused on securing the best possible outcome for Arizona grocery workers and their families.

October 2022

Kroger and Albertsons announce their agreement to merge in a $24.6 billion deal, aiming to close the merger in early 2024 pending regulatory approval. UFCW Local 99 President Jim McLaughlin briefs both major party candidates in the election for Arizona Attorney General and asks for their commitment to protect the livelihoods of Local 99’s 20,000 members employed by Kroger and Albertson's subsidiaries.

November 2022

UFCW 99 endorsed candidate Kris Mayes is elected Arizona’s Attorney General. Mayes wins by 500 votes.

December 2022

The Federal Trade Commission requests further details on the merger, signaling closer scrutiny.

February 2023

Attorney General Mayes announces an investigation of the proposed merger.

March 2023

Attorney General Mayes kicks off a statewide tour of community listening sessions to discuss the pending merger with workers and consumers.

May 2023

Kroger reiterates its commitment to keep locations open and retain workers post-merger. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, representing most employees of Albertsons and Kroger, votes to oppose the merger.

September 2023

Kroger and Albertsons unveil a $1.9 billion divestiture plan with C&S Wholesale Grocers to appease federal regulators, involving 413 stores and other assets across 17 states and Washington, D.C.

October 2023

Attorney General Mayes and FTC Chair Lina Khan host a town hall with UFCW Local 99 members in Phoenix to hear questions and concerns regarding the merger.

January 2024

C&S Wholesale announces that they will honor UFCW 99 contracts at divested stores. This ensures that employees at divested Safeway stores will retain their seniority, earned time off, pension plans, and healthcare benefits, should the merger be approved.

February 2024

Attorney General Mayes, the FTC, and a bipartisan coalition of eight states and the District of Columbia announce the filing of a lawsuit challenging the proposed merger. Mayes reports widespread concerns from Arizonans about potential job losses, rising grocery prices, and the exacerbation of food deserts.

March 11, 2024

A hearing date of August 26 is set by Judge Adrienne Nelson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon regarding the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction against the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons.

April 22, 2024

In response to regulatory pressure from the FTC and several state attorneys general, Kroger updates its proposed plan to divest hundreds of stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers. This includes 101 stores in Arizona that will operate under the Safeway banner.

July 9, 2024

Kroger and Albertsons announce the list of store locations that will be sold to C&S Wholesale, pending the merger’s approval. Per the company’s announcement, these divested stores will operate under the Safeway banner, while the non-divested stores will likely become Fry’s. To view the full list of divested stores, click here.


The outcome of the pending Kroger-Albertsons merger is still unknown. However, the potential impact of this merger, if approved, has significantly diminished for workers who are protected by a union contract. For workers at Albertsons who are not covered by a union contract, there is nothing to protect them from losing seniority, benefits, accrued time off, or employment.

UFCW Local 99 & Past Mergers

Recently, UFCW Local 99 hosted a discussion with union members who have worked through past mergers. Here are their stories:

“I started at Smitty’s in 1982 and since then have been through mergers with Smith’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and even Safeway & Albertsons. I’m so happy that I have a union because I’ve never had to worry about starting over again and going back to square one with my seniority or vacation time.”

BuddySafeway #2799

“We opened a store on 39th on Pinnacle Peak that was an ABCO prior to it becoming a Safeway. It was difficult as an ABCO employee because we had no idea what was going to happen but we knew contract-wise that everything was going to be what it should be. We could rely on the union to make sure our seniority and everything would transfer, and it did.”

JoannaSafeway #2821

The Union Advantage

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