Your union is proposing to increase the cost for your benefits
- As a matter of fact, not only is Local 455 proposing to keep your benefits in the South-Central Fund, they are proposing to significantly increase your contributions, deductibles, out of pocket maximums, etc.
- Even with these proposed changes, the union cannot guarantee that you would not experience more benefit cuts in the future by remaining in the South-Central Fund.
- You can review their full proposal here.
Questions you may want to ask the union:
- Does the union’s proposal increase weekly contributions?
- Will associates’ deductibles stay the same in the union’s proposal?
- Will associates’ out of pocket maximums increase based on their proposal?
Here are the facts of our investments in associates:
- Since March, the Kroger family of companies has invested more than $830 million across the organization to safeguard our associates and customers and reward our associates
- We provided several rounds of bonuses, premium pay and Loyalty credit above regular earnings to thank our associates for being there to meet the needs of our customers and communities during the
- By the end of 2020 the Kroger family of companies will have increased its associate wage investments across the organization by approximately $800 million—$300 million more than we had originally planned as part of our Restock Kroger initiative. Here in Houston – we are investing more than $47 million in wages with our Last, Best and Final – that’s in addition to the $8 million investment we made mid-contract in your wages in October 2019.
- As part of our continued commitment to our associates’ pensions, Kroger has proposed to invest nearly $1 billion to improve the security and stability of future retirement benefits for more than 33,000 associates across 14 divisions, including Houston Meat
Kroger believes you have waited long enough for a wage increase and deserve to be rewarded for your hard work and that you and your family deserve the peace of mind that your health care will be stable, reliable and secure with a company-administered plan. We encourage you to review and download our Last, Best and Final Offer.
We have been open and transparent, posting all our proposals with explanations, including our Last Best and Final Offer for you to download and review.
Let’s be clear: The company and union are deadlocked (at impasse) on health care.
The union has repeatedly stated that they will never agree to a contract that includes a company-administered plan. Likewise, the company has repeatedly stated that we would not agree to continue to have our associates’ health care tied to the unstable South-Central Fund and a company administered plan is the only acceptable option. We heard the union has been misstating our offer in several areas. Here are the facts:
You still have a voice in health care
· Our proposal guarantees your benefit coverage and contributions through the life of the contract
· As always, all future benefit coverage and associate contributions would be negotiated by the union
· In addition, we added language in our proposal that company and union representatives would meet quarterly to discuss issues or concerns with the company-administered plan.
Our proposed company-administered plan is backed and guaranteed by Kroger’s 136-year history
· Store leaders and office associates across the Kroger Family of Companies are also covered under a company-administered plan
· Unionized associates from other members of the Kroger Family of Companies like Delta (Little Rock), Michigan, Roundy’s and Mariano’s have a company-administered plan
We are improving wages for all associates through the life of the contract
· Over the life of the contract, hourly rates would increase for all associates ranging from $.90 to $2.45 per hour
· Department Heads would receive more money than they have ever received and at a quicker pace – $1.50 over the 3-year contract
· Ratification bonus of $600 (Department Heads), $500 (Full-Time Top-Rate) or $300 (Part Time Top-Rate)
We believe our Last, Best and Final Offer is a solid offer. It puts more money in your pocket with wage increases and provides secure, reliable, affordable health care with a company-administered plan through April 8, 2023.
We hope the union provides you an opportunity to vote. Please get all the facts, talk with your family and friends, attend the meeting for your bargaining unit, and vote if you get the chance.
It’s unfortunate that the union has been misrepresenting our proposals. We’ve been very open and transparent; however, the union continues to mislead you with their rhetoric. Here are some examples of facts around our proposals and the union’s misrepresentations.
Don’t take our word for it. Our language and health care proposals are available for your review on www.krogerhoustoncba.com.