Food store accords Essay

More than 5,700 employees of 70 Kroger Co. supermarkets in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia were covered by a 42-month accord that
established a two-tier pay system under which employees hired after
September 8, 1984, will start at $4 an hour and progress to a maximum of
$7.30. Current employees will continue to progress to their existing
$10.30 maximum rate, but it will now take longer. After they reach $6.79
an hour, they will receive increases of 50 cents an hour at 6-month
intervals until a final 51-cent increase brings them to the $10.30 top
rate. Previously, employees moved to the $10.30 rate 6 months after
reaching $6.79.

The agreement, negotiated by Local 1063 of the Ford and Commercial
Workers, did not provide for any general pay increases, but full-time
employees who were on the payroll and at the top of their pay range on
September 8 will receive four bonus payments totaling $1,000 over the
contract term. The payments are contingent on the employees remaining
in the same job classification.

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The contract, which was retroactive to May 20, 1984, also provided
for an $8 a month increase in Kroger’s financing of health and
welfare benefits in December 1984 and a $9 increase in June 1986,
bringing the total contribution to $146.

In Ohio, Local 880 of the Food and Commercial Workers negotiated a
3-year contract with eight major food store chains that provided for no
wage increase in the first year, bonus payments of $500 for full-time
workers in the second year, and a 27-cent-an-hour pay increase in the
final year. The accord, covering 14,000 workers in Cleveland, Akron,
and Canton, also provided for a 10-cent-an-hour increase in the pay
progression rate, with 5 cents subject to use for health and welfare


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