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·         Kroger supermarket workers go on strike in Denver

About 8,400 unionized workers at Kroger’s King Soopers in Denver walk off the job, demanding better pay and benefits

 

·         Union Declines 'Best, Final' Offer From King Soopers; Strike Is Imminent

·         Kroger’s King Soopers sweetens offer ahead of union strike

·         Report finds two-thirds of Kroger workers can't afford basic needs

·         Workers at nearly 80 Kroger's King Soopers go on strike as talks stall

·         Media Release: Analysis Shows The Kroger Co.'s Supermarket Divisions in Western States Pays Hourly Associates More Than Their The UFCW + Economic Roundtable Report Is Misleading; Relies on Flawed Data

 

 

Kroger supermarket workers go on strike in Denver

About 8,400 unionized workers at Kroger’s King Soopers in Denver walk off the job, demanding better pay and benefits

 

By Jaewon Kang, The Wall Street Journal

via MarketWatch - Jan. 12, 2022

 

Thousands of workers at supermarket operator Kroger Co. went on strike in Denver, the latest push by employees who said they are seeking higher wages, more benefits and safer workplaces.

 

About 8,400 unionized workers at Kroger’s KR, -1.82% King Soopers stores in Denver walked off the job at 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, according to Kroger and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, which represents King Sooper workers in Colorado. The strike affects 87 of 151 King Soopers locations.

 

Kroger said Wednesday that its stores will remain open and that it is “reckless and self-serving” for the union to strike. The supermarket operator said that it had hired temporary workers to help staff stores and that employees from other parts of the country had traveled to fill in. (Read more about strikes by Kellogg and Deere workers.)

 

Union officials representing Kroger workers...

 

more

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/kroger-supermarket-workers-go-on-strike-in-denver-11641996371

 

 

Union Declines 'Best, Final' Offer From King Soopers; Strike Is Imminent

 

CBS Denver

Jan 11, 2022

 

Only hours are left until thousands of unionized King Soopers employees walk off the job as part of a bargaining battle with parent company Kroger.

 

video report [2:14 min.]

https://denver.cbslocal.com/video/6184589-union-declines-best-final-offer-from-king-soopers-strike-is-imminent/

 

 

Kroger’s King Soopers sweetens offer ahead of union strike

 

Reuters

via WSAU (WI) - Jan 11, 2022

 

(Reuters) – Kroger’s King Soopers sweetened its offer to workers to $170 million, a day before workers have threatened to go on strike, calling it their last, best and final offer.

 

The company had earlier offered $148 million in wages and signing bonuses over three years to United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7.

 

(Reporting by Ananya Mariam Rajesh in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

 

source url

https://wsau.com/2022/01/11/krogers-king-soopers-sweetens-offer-ahead-of-union-strike/

 

 

Report finds two-thirds of Kroger workers can't afford basic needs

 

By David Mendez, Spectrum News 1 (CA)

Jan. 11, 2022

 

A survey of nearly 37,000 workers at Kroger Company — the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. and second-largest grocer, behind only Walmart — finds that many are worried that they aren’t making enough money to live.

 

Nearly two-thirds of workers surveyed by Economic Roundtable, a Los Angeles-based research nonprofit, say that their job doesn’t pay them enough to afford basic costs of living, like food and housing.

 

More than 40% of Kroger workers say they’re unable to pay for rent; 14% say that they are homeless now or have been homeless within the last year; and 39% of workers say that they are unable to pay for their own groceries.

 

Workers in the four regions surveyed by Economic Roundtable average an annual salary of $29,655—roughly $16,000 less than a $45,760 effective living wage for those regions.

 

“The workers have gotten small annual increases, but those have been less than inflation. In real dollars, they’ve lost ground,” Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable, told Spectrum News.

 

In a statement, Kroger said that it has “balanced significant wage investments for our associates while keeping food affordable for the communities we serve.”

 

The company said that, across the country, it has increased wages by 22% since 2017, and that Southern California workers average more than $18 per hour.

 

“Kroger has provided an incredible number of people with their first job, and we’re proud to play this role in our communities,” the company said...

 

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https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/san-fernando-valley-ventura/news/2022/01/12/report-finds-two-thirds-of-kroger-workers-unable-to-pay-basic-needs

 

 

Workers at nearly 80 Kroger's King Soopers go on strike as talks stall

 

By Siddharth Cavale and Praveen Paramasivam, Reuters

January 12, 2022 

 

Jan 12 (Reuters) - More than 8,000 workers at nearly 80 King Soopers stores went on strike for better wages on Wednesday as negotiations stalled, but the stores stayed open as the Kroger Co-owned (KR.N) Colorado chain hired temporary staff and promoted online ordering.

 

The strike started at 7:00 a.m. ET and would go on for three weeks, the UFCW Local 7 union said. The striking workers are employed at King Soopers stores in the Denver metropolitan area, Boulder, Parker and Broomfield cities of Colorado, among others.

 

The strike is the latest of its kind in the United States, following similar demonstrations at Kellogg Co's (K.N) cereal plants and Deere & Co (DE.N) as rising Omicron infections and inflation push workers to demand better working conditions and higher pay.

 

At King Soopers, workers have sought an increase in wages of at least $6 per hour for all. The company's "last, best and final offer", made on Tuesday, proposed raises of up to $4.50 per hour based on job classification and tenure...

 

more

https://www.reuters.com/legal/transactional/workers-nearly-80-krogers-king-soopers-go-strike-talks-stall-2022-01-12/

 

 

Analysis Shows The Kroger Co.'s Supermarket Divisions in Western States Pays Hourly Associates More Than Their The UFCW + Economic Roundtable Report Is Misleading; Relies on Flawed Data

 

Source: Kroger

1/12/2022

 

CINCINNATI, Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) released an analysis, Kroger Stores Benefit Western Communities: An Assessment of the Enterprise's Compensation Packages and the Economic Impacts in the West that documents the organization's compensation of its nearly 85,000 hourly associates in four Western states: California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

 

The ndp | analytics report, commissioned by The Kroger Family of Companies, highlights the robust economic and social contributions Kroger makes to these four states, including noteworthy employment of – and opportunities for – communities of color and lower-income populations.

 

"Our study underscores the fact that The Kroger Family of Companies puts its associates first," said Dr. Nam Pham, Managing Partner at ndp | analytics and co-author of the report. "Based on the organization's actual data and official government data, our findings show the organization pays hourly associates higher wages and benefits compared to its peers in the overall retail industry."

 

"At The Kroger Family of Companies, we are proud to provide our associates not only industry-leading pay and benefits, including health care and pensions, but to also be offering upward mobility to all of our valued associates," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president and chief people officer. "We are proud of our role as a leading employer in the U.S. and remain committed to serving our communities with reliable access to affordable, fresh groceries and other essentials."

 

Misleading Report from Economic Roundtable & UFCW

 

The Economic Roundtable published a "survey" – paid for by the UFCW – that was conducted with limited data of select communities to mischaracterize The Kroger Family of Companies workers and their compensation packages in the four Western states, according to Dr. Pham.

 

When asked about the disappointing claims made by the UFCW and Economic Roundtable, Dr. Pham said, "These critics have unfairly selected partial information, incomplete data, and anecdotes to spread negative and inaccurate details about the compensation and benefits The Kroger Family of Companies provides. Unlike the Economic Roundtable study, our report uses the organization's comprehensive dataset of nearly 85,000 workers at stores in four Western states, which shows the organization's hourly associates have higher compensation rates than their peers."

 

"Any argument that The Kroger Family of Companies does not pay its workers fairly and top market rate is not supported by actual evidence," Dr. Pham concluded.

 

"The implication by the Economic Roundtable that The Kroger Family of Companies does not care about the wellbeing of our associates and their families is patently untrue," continued Massa. "I am disappointed the UFCW has chosen to pull together such a misleading and untrue report – which leads me to believe they no longer have our associates' best interests at heart."

 

Key highlights of the Kroger Stores Benefit Western Communities report  are:

 

    Kroger pays hourly associates more than their peers in the retail industry overall. Currently, Kroger pays an average of $18.27 per hour and spends an additional $5.61 per hour for healthcare and retirement benefits, totaling $23.89 per hour for hourly associates in Western states. Kroger's hourly wages and benefits were higher than the average hourly wages and benefits of all workers in the U.S. retail industry and comparable job functions of the majority of Kroger associates. The wage premiums across Kroger's stores are more recognizable at lower earning groups.

    In addition to competitive wages and high-quality benefits, Kroger offers a broad range of employment opportunities for workers of all ages and aspirations. Kroger offers job and career opportunities to underserved populations at its Western stores. The enterprise's values of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) are reflected in its workforce. Indeed, Kroger associates are more diverse than state workforces overall.

    Kroger's impact extends beyond its stores. Its operations and investments create a ripple effect that generates economic and social benefits for local communities in the West. In total, Kroger's Western stores support 127,374 direct, indirect, and induced jobs and $4.7 billion in wages. These stores generate $62.3 billion in direct, indirect, and induced sales and $8.8 billion in value added to local economies. The enterprise's state and local tax contributions amount to nearly $1.2 billion. A snapshot of Kroger's support to local communities includes $57.5 million in community giving and 26 million donated meals to those in need.

 

To read the full report, please visit here.

 

About ndp | analytics

Dr. Nam Pham is Managing Partner and Mary Donovan is Principal at ndp | analytics, an economic research firm based in Washington, DC. The Kroger Company provided financial support to conduct the study. The opinions and views expressed are solely those of the authors.

 

Founded in 2000, ndp | analytics is a strategic economic and communications research firm. Through the rigor of quantitative analyses, the firm produces reports, creative content, and other research for a diverse group of clients, including trade associations, corporations, law firms, multi-lateral organizations, and government agencies. By uniting this rigorous analysis with clear communication, ndp | analytics turns data into action.

 

About The Kroger Co.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

 

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

 

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https://ir.kroger.com/CorporateProfile/press-releases/press-release/2022/Analysis-Shows-The-Kroger-Co.s-Supermarket-Divisions-in-Western-States-Pays-Hourly-Associates-More-Than-Their-Peers-in-The-Retail-Industry-Overall/default.aspx