Yesterday and today was our first session negotiating with just Kroger, for Fred Meyer and QFC members.
Our proposal supports strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. Kroger would not agree to our letters of understanding addressing workplace shootings or pandemic safety language. They did, however, agree to keep a first aid kit on the shop floor, so if your injury requires a band-aid, you’re set.
After more than a year of a pandemic where you risked your lives for your community and Kroger’s profits, Kroger thinks you should have a smaller sick leave bank. They also proposed that it should take more time for new hires to access holiday pay, as well as remove their Sunday, evening, and night premiums. Kroger feels that adding an additional manager is also important. None of this is in line with what you need and deserve for what you have been through for your community. This is not how you treat essential employees who have risked the health and well-being of their families for the past 18 months, and still are.
Throughout negotiations, it’s important to remember that getting you the strongest contract is an important process. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. This is YOUR contract, but it can only be great if we all work together. We will not accept any contract that does not compensate you for the risks you take.
Be sure to watch your union bulletin board, your email, Facebook, Twitter, and ufcw555.org for more information. You can also reach out to your Union Representative, Shop Steward, or Bargaining Team member on how to get involved.