Kroger have announced that they will be giving huge prizes to shoppers to gets vaccinated. People who received a COVID-19 vaccine at Kroger Pharmacy may be eligible to win $1 million or free groceries for a year.
Kroger announced Friday that the bonus is $400 for full-time workers and $200 for part-time workers to be paid in two instalments on May 30 and June 18. The supplement hazard pay was $2 per hour. UFCW Local 75 president Kevin Garvey said the union will continue to pressure the company to offer overtime pay as long as the pandemic continues.
“COVID-19 will not go away soon,” he said. “Our members still have to work in the same conditions and deal with the same pressures. They deserve every cent of the $2.00 premium and (latest) bonus.” The Cincinnati-based company did not address the dispute with its union in its announcement. The grocer estimates that the new bonus will save $130 million for its workers.
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Our partners have been instrumental in feeding America while also helping flatten the curve during the early stages of the pandemic. “To recognize and thank our colleagues for their outstanding work during this historic time, we offered a special payout in March, April and May,” CEO Rodney McMullen said in a statement. Nationally, UFCW International estimates that at least 65 grocery workers have died at Kroger and other retailers after contracting the coronavirus.
Also, UFCW International called on 49 major grocery companies, including Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco and Sam’s Club, to extend hazard pay for their workers.
In his letter, Biruni challenged corporate executives to publicly state that they believe the risks of COVID-19 are gone if they choose to stop the hazard pay.