The Food and Trade Workers Union reviewed Kroger’s budget and said the numbers don’t match at least when it comes to the discrepancy between CEO and grocery worker pay. The UFCW released a statement hammering Cincinnati’s grocery implementation of a two-month “champion” $2 per hour bonus that expired May 17, 2020. While giving its CEO in 2020 his “biggest pay raise,” a $22.4 million salary package, or 6% higher than the previous year,” the UFCW said.
Now, according to the data reports which show that COVID-19 pandemic has proven that in any natural or man-made disaster. Our grocery store workers never stop working. said Kim Cordova, vice president of UFCW International and president of UFCW Local 7. Which represents more than 17,000 grocery workers in Colorado and Wyoming.
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Kroger insists it has increased workers’ compensation and plans to continue such investments in the future. “Under the leadership of CEO Rodney McMullen, Kroger has increased employee salaries by more than $800 million since 2018 and announced plans to continue investing significantly in partner salaries in 2021.” a Kroger spokesperson stated. This is in addition to the $2.5 billion Kroger has invested since the start of the pandemic to reward our workforce, better secure pensions, and implement safety measures nationwide.”
And like other grocers, Kroger has focused on encouraging its workers to get vaccinated offering a financial benefit to those who do other than offering persistent wage increases that don’t protect its partners from COVID-19.
“We continue to encourage and support our partners to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, offering $100 to any partner receiving the manufacturer’s recommended vaccine doses. And increasing the pay scale to $21 as well in coming months” a Kroger spokesperson added.