As we all know that the frontline heroes like grocery workers of Kroger are working hard in pandemic. While, the Grocery worker COVID-19 infections and deaths have soared in recent weeks despite continued gains in vaccinations nationwide. According to the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW). Since April 1st, the number of Kroger grocery workers infected or exposed to the coronavirus has increased by 24%, while deaths from the virus have jumped by 30%. This is the huge number and federation said the sudden increase followed the spread of stores in kroger, Costco Wholesale, Trader Joe’s and other grocery retail chains across the country.
Furthermore, among UFCW members nationwide, there were a total of 456 deaths from COVID-19 and at least 91,400 infections or exposure to the virus among frontline workers. UFCW said its latest estimate includes 178 deaths and at least 39,900 injuries. Or exposures among grocery workers; 132 deaths and 22,200 injuries or exposure to meat packing workers. And 50 deaths and 11,700 food processing workers were injured or exposed. Overall, the UFCW represents 1.3 million workers in the grocery store, meatpacking, food processing, healthcare, and retail sectors, among other industries.
Now, “The primary frontline workers in America at grocery stores and meatpacking factories continue to face some of the highest risks of exposure to COVID, and the need to boost access to the vaccine has never been more urgent,” said Mark Perrone, president of UFCW International, in a statement. . “However, many countries fail to ensure that essential food workers receive the vaccine, as they continue to face barriers as the eligibility group for vaccines expands.”
While, President Biden praised the Kroger Company’s $ 100 incentive for workers to obtain the COVID snapshot, saying the program had raised employee vaccination rates from 50% to 75%. A number of large chains offer incentives for workers to obtain a COVID shot. Such as extra pay, bonuses, financial assistance, vaccination leave, free horseback rides to the vaccination site. Now, what are your views on this? Do you think does Kroger employees deserve the hero pay and addition bonus? Let us know in the comment section below.