Workers who want Kroger to re-institute bonus pay are protesting in cities across two states today.
“On Wednesday afternoon, Kroger workers will be staging a car caravan to demand the ‘hero pay’ the company originally gave workers be extended until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Kroger employees in Virginia and West Virginia will be staging car caravan protests in eight cities at 4 p.m. on June 10.
Employees and grocery store worker unions were outraged after the company ended the hero pay program last month, which provided an additional $2/hour to employees for working through the COVID-19 pandemic, and replaced it with a one-time thank you bonus paid out in two installments.
The ‘thank you’ bonuses of $400 for full-time workers and $200 for part-time workers were paid out, in part, on May 30, and the other part will come on June 18.
But UFCW Local 400, a grocery store worker’s union, has promised to keep pressuring the company o provide bonus pay for as long as the pandemic goes on.
‘COVID-19 is not going away soon,’ UFCW Local 75 president Kevin Garvey said. ‘Our members still have to work in the same conditions and deal with the same pressures. They are worth every penny of the $2.00 premium and the (latest) bonus.’
The Cincinnati-based company did not address the dispute with its union when it announced the end of ‘hero pay’ and the ‘thank you’ bonuses in May. The grocer estimates the new bonus will provide $130 million to its workers.”
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