Kroger’s Contract Includes $120 Million in New Wages

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September 17th, 2022

Most Significant Investment in Company History while UFCW threatens Disruption

Today, Kroger Columbus Division remains focused on doing what is best for its associates, customers, and community. As Central Ohio’s grocer, Kroger aims to balance significant wage increases for associates with keeping food affordable for customers. Kroger encourages the UFCW to join the company in doing what is best for everyone and the Company is assessing its options in light of the UFCW’s failure to support ratification.

Over the next three years, Kroger’s contract included:
$120 million dollar investment in new wages
$192 million investment in healthcare
$69 million in pension benefits for associates

“At Kroger, we want what is right for our associates, more money in their paychecks, continuing to provide industry-leading health care benefits, and balancing that investment with keeping groceries affordable,” stated Dana Zurcher, Kroger Columbus Division president.

Here’s what our investment means for Kroger associates:
Wage Investments

  • Wage increases up to $1.80 per hour through the life of the contract for top-rate associates, based on job classification and tenure.
  • Starting rate of pay increase to $14.25 per hour.
  • Ratification bonuses for active associates:
  • $2,500 for Department Heads, Assistant Department Heads, and Full-Time Top Rate associates
  • Department leaders and assistant department leaders are to receive an additional $.35 in February 2023.

What does this investment mean for a full-time cashier with five years of experience?
A cashier’s current wage is $17.10 an hour, and this offer would have provided the following increases:
• 2022 + .65 cents = $17.75
• 2023 + .50 cents = $18.25
• 2024 + .65 cents = $18.90

To demonstrate the value of these affordable, top-quality benefits, below is an example of what associates currently enrolled in the company’s family coverage plan pay, compared to the average monthly cost of healthcare in Ohio – of note, Local 1059 does not contribute to healthcare benefits:

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