Union Health and Safety News Is Misleading and Irresponsible

Get the Facts

January 24th, 2021

UFCW Local 455 is shamefully trying to create fear and uncertainty with their misleading claims and it’s time for them to stop using the tragedy of the pandemic to satisfy their own political agenda and convince you that they are working hard for you.

FACT: During our meeting this week, we shared with the union that we had not been officially notified that an associate’s death was linked to COVID. For the union to ignore this fact and the privacy of this associate’s family is WRONG. Our hearts go out to the associate’s family and we are doing everything we can to support them.

FACT: From the onset of the pandemic, we have shared information on positive COVID cases with our associates when their store is impacted as well as shared the number and location of positive cases with your union. We also share these cases with the local health department when requested. Contrary to what the union claims, we are not hiding anything from you, them or local health authorities.

FACT: Kroger continues to take safety measures and protocols to help keep you and customers safe. We have shared this with the union many, many times. As a matter of fact, our meeting on January 13 was entirely dedicated to safety and our update that week reflected those discussions.

FACT: We’ve invested more than $1.3 billion to both reward associates and implement dozens of safety measures across the Kroger family of stores. We are committed to the health of our associates and customers.

FACT: We perform daily cleaning and disinfection, require masks and provide instruction on their proper use, encourage proper handwashing, and practice social distancing. When we have a positive case a third-party comes to sanitize and deep clean the store. Associates are directed to stay home when sick and to go home if they become ill while working. We have also reinstated greeters in our store entrances to reinforce cleaning measures.

FACT: We have encouraged and continue to work with federal and state governments to have our associates included on the priority list for the vaccine. We have started to offer the vaccine to associates as it becomes available to those that have been prioritized.

FACT: Unfortunately, Texas, including Houston, is experiencing a spike in cases and our positive case rate is similar with the trends we are seeing in the communities we serve.

Bottom line: We are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our associates and customers.

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