(Oct. 30) The United Food and Commercial Workers union representing 11,000 workers of Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana revoked a contract extension Oct. 29, which means employees could go on strike as early as Nov. 2, The (Munster, Ind.) Times reported.

Although both sides said they would like to meet again, no new talks have been scheduled, and union representatives planned to discuss strike preparations with workers, the newspaper said.

Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said the company is preparing to hire replacement workers. Wages and health and pension benefits were said to be sticking points.