Kroger banners in California, Georgia set new union contracts with pay increases


Catherine Douglas Moran, GroceryDive

July 15, 2021


Dive Brief:


·         Kroger’s Food 4 Less and Foods Co banners in California have a new contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) that includes pay increases for roughly 7,000 workers at nearly 100 stores, according to a press release on Tuesday.

·         Separately, Kroger announced on Monday that it reached new agreements with UFCW's Local 1996 that include “significant” pay increases for more than 22,000 associates at 170 stores in the greater Atlanta area and Savannah, Georgia.

·         The pay bumps and added incentives in the new contracts come at a time when grocers are struggling to find and retain workers amidst a nationwide labor shortage.


Dive Insight:


The UFCW called the Food 4 Less contract the “best deal ever” for workers at the California grocery banner. The new contract, which members voted on last week, includes pay increases of up to $1.65 over three years and bonuses of $150 to $500 for most workers.


The contract also increases...


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