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Here is where we stand at each of the four major grocery chains we represent with hazard pay and other enhanced benefits above and beyond your union contract. We will keep this list up-to-date as we have further developments:

Giant Food:

Giant will provide a 10% temporary pay increase, including overtime and Sunday pay. The increase is effective March 22 through May 2. They’ve also agreed to allow members to wear gloves and masks at work if they choose and will provide 14 days’ paid sick leave if you test positive for COVID-19. Giant is also installing plexiglass barriers at all checkout stands to protect cashiers.

UPDATE 4/3/2020: Giant will no longer require employees to bag groceries in reusable bags brought by customers. Customers will be asked to bag their own groceries to lessen the risk of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Giant is also providing face shields to employees (although they offer no protection from infectious diseases). 

UPDATE 4/6/2020: Giant will limit the number of customers in stores at a given time to 20% of the store’s capacity (as defined by the building code) as of Thursday, April 9th. The company is also creating one-way aisles and installing directional signage to promote physical distancing between customers. Giant is also now encouraging employees to wear masks along with the protective face shields that have been provided by the company, following new guidance from the CDC. Lastly, all stores will be closed by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 for the Easter holiday to give associates a much-needed break.

Kroger:

Kroger will pay all associates working for the company since or before March 1 a one-time bonus of $300 for full-timers and $150 for part-timers, paid on April 3. Kroger will also provide 14 days’ paid sick leave if you are ordered quarantined by a doctor or health authority. Kroger has agreed to allow members working in stores to wear gloves and masks and the company is working on purchasing them to provide to employees as soon as they become available. Kroger is also installing plexiglass barriers at all checkout stands to protect cashiers.

UPDATE 3/26/2020: Kroger will no longer require employees to bag groceries in reusable bags brought by customers. Customers will be asked to bag their own groceries to lessen the risk of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UPDATE 3/31/2020: Kroger will provide a $2.00/hour increase for to all associates for all hours worked, effective March 29 through April 18.

UPDATE 4/6/2020: Starting Tuesday, April 7th, Kroger is limiting the number of customers in a store at a given time to 50% of the store’s capacity (as defined by the building code). The company is rolling out a program to check temperatures of every employee before work, and associates can request a temperature check at work. Kroger is also testing one-way aisles in some stores to promote physical distancing between customers and the company is planning to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to all associates within the next several weeks. All Kroger stores will also close early on Easter Sunday, April 12th.

Safeway:

Safeway is temporarily providing an additional $2.00/hour premium for all hours worked, effective Sunday, March 15 through March 28 April 4 Saturday, April 18, 2020. The company will review and possibly extend the premium for future weeks. Safeway will provide 14 days’ paid sick leave if you test positive for COVID-19. The company has agreed to allow members to wear gloves and masks at work if they choose and Safeway is also installing plexiglass barriers at all checkout stands to protect cashiers.

UPDATE 3/27/2020: Safeway will no longer require employees to bag groceries in reusable bags brought by customers. Customers will be asked to bag their own groceries to lessen the risk of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE 4/3/2020: Safeway is extending the $2.00/hour premium through Saturday, April 18, 2020. The company will review and possibly extend the premium for future weeks.

Shoppers:

Shoppers is temporarily providing an additional $2.00/hour for all hours worked, effective Sunday, March 15 through April 11. Overtime rates are also doubled the new hourly rate, rather than time and a half.

Thank you for your service to your union, your communities and the country as a whole. You are on the frontlines of this crisis, and you are proving how invaluable your work is, and the vital role our union members play in times like these. 

Please know that your UFCW Local 400 family is here for you during these difficult and challenging times. You are not alone. We are one union family, and we are in this together.