CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coalition of building trade unions is taking aim at the supermarket chain Kroger for not hiring more local workers for West Virginia construction projects.
Steve White is executive director of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation. He says Kroger's use of so-called imported workers is costing West Virginians jobs.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/Imi6rz) said Kroger's did not respond to email and phone requests for comment.
Kroger operates 41 stores in West Virginia. The company plans to spend $200 million annually for the next five years to renovate and add new sections to their stores in many states across the country.
Smith said ACT has had discussions with Kroger on the issue of using imported workers. While he called the talks positive, he said they haven't led to changes.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com