ROANOKE, Va. -

Kroger employees in southwest Virginia have approved a new three-year labor agreement.

Kroger announced the new agreement Thursday with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.

The three-year agreement covers around 4,800 employees in 41 stores.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates, providing them with wage increases, affordable health care and a stable pension fund to support their retirement,” Jay Cummins, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, wrote in a news release. “This agreement is the outcome of thoughtful, respectful and proactive work by Kroger and union representatives. I extend our appreciation to associates for supporting this agreement and for the excellent services they provide to our customers every day.”

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Kroger employees in southwestern Virginia will vote on a new 3-year contract later this week.

The website of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union says negotiators reached a tentative agreement late last week.  Kroger also confirmed the tentative agreement Monday afternoon.

Union leaders will outline the agreement during a contract ratification meeting Thursday morning at the Salem Civic Center.

The agreement would cover 41 stores in western Virginia, southern West Virginia, and Tennessee.