-1 C°
Traffic jam:   7

Kroger markets to stop extra pay to crisis workers

21 May 2020
2 min.
Kroger markets to stop extra pay to crisis workers

Supermarket employees forced to work through the pandemic are now facing threats to their “hero pay” even as ornery customers refuse to wear masks while they shop.

Employee frustrations could soon reach a boiling point as the largest grocery chain in the country — The Kroger Co. — gets ready to revoke the extra $2 an hour it had been paying its 460,000 employees to work through the crisis although the coronavirus death toll continues to rise.

Kroger is ending the pay boost on May 23 and replacing it with a one-time bonus of $400 for full-time employees and $200 for part-time employees. But some workers say it’s not enough.

“We deserve hero’s pay until I no longer have to wear a mask,” said Kroger meat manager Kristine Holtham of Lansing, Mich., who spoke at a virtual United Food and Commercial Workers International Union press conference on Wednesday.

The UFCW is ramping up pressure on large companies that have profited off the pandemic — including Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and others — to continue so-called hazard pay and to require customers to wear face masks while shopping. Many retailers require their employees to wear masks, but do not ask the same of their customers.

Costco, the first and only national retailer to also require customers to wear face masks, has faced blowback from some customers, resulting in boycotts against the club retailer.

Employees at retailers who try to enforce local or state mandates requiring face masks in public places can pay a heavy price, including the security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Mich., who was killed after asking a customer to wear a mask.

"Even in New York City, where the vast majority of grocery customers wear masks, there are scofflaws," said Morton Williams owner Avi Kaner.

“It’s a state law, but we are not enforcers of the law and we are not trained to enforce the law,” Kaner said. “The police come in our stores every day” over face mask calls, he said.

Some 68 UFCW grocery workers have died from the coronavirus, said UFCW President Marc Perrone at the press conference.

“But not one single large grocery [retailer] has released information on how many of their workers have died,” Perrone said. “And some of those companies have announced that they were ending hazard pay.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2020/05/20/kroger-markets-to-stop-extra-pay-to-crisis-workers/

Persons1 and Companies3 in the news

Entrepreneur, supermarket chain owner Morton Williams
1 place
Morton Williams
1 place
Kroger Co.
2 place
3 place


Rating companies
40 Mention
38 Mention
35 Mention
32 Mention
31 Mention
White House
30 Mention
Dow Jones
29 Mention


News from GlobalNY.biz is the freshest and most relevant information about high-profile events in the region. The task of the resource's news feed is to convey to readers with maximum accuracy and objectivity information about important events in business, politics, economy, healthcare, culture and other spheres of life in New York.
GlobalNY.biz news is a coverage of economic processes taking place in New York, the latest news of public life, incidents and an overview of political events. New York news is information about the activities of small and medium-sized businesses, the work of housing and communal services and utilities, the implementation of significant projects.
The site's journalists describe not only the life of the region, but also talk about the current state of the US economy. Everything you need to know about innovations in the field of industry and agriculture, economy and power is collected in the "News" section at GlobalNY.biz.
New York news quickly informs the reader, shows the real picture and opens up hot topics. Communication with government structures and business enables us to provide our readers with reliable, information-rich material. The main page of the portal contains the key news of New York!
Alena Potapova

Development Director