Wage Increases Effective February 7


February 4th, 2021

Thank you for your continued commitment to our customers and your patience throughout the bargaining process. We have nothing new to report on negotiations other than we are continuing to have open dialogue with Local 455.

Wage Increases

We have good news to share with associates in wage progressions. Effective for hours worked beginning February 7, 2021, associates in progressions will receive a pay increase, ranging from $.40 to $2.00, depending on position. Your store leader can share what the pay increase may mean for you. New wages will be reflected in your February 18, 2021 paycheck and can be viewed in Express HR on February 12th.

Keep in mind department heads and top-rate associates – who received increases in October 2020 – will not receive an increase at this time, but will receive their next increase effective August 8, 2021.

We hope these regular pay increases continue to reaffirm our commitment and investment in you.

As a reminder, these wage increases are part of our Last, Best and Final Offer which included other positive changes, including:

  • Stable and secure health care through a company-administered plan, beginning January 1, 2021
  • Minimum hours increased from 15 hours to 18 hours per week
  • Personal holidays accumulate more quickly – on January 1, 2021, nearly 5,700 associates gained an additional personal holiday
  • Part-time Meat clerks gained an extra week of vacation, beginning January 1, 2021

Vaccine News

We continue to encourage and 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. We strongly encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as it is available to you. Please check with your pharmacist or local health department on availability.


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