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Kroger Proposes up to 7% in Hourly Wage Increases for Greater Houston Associates

For more than 70 years, Kroger has been one of Houston’s largest employers. Today, Kroger Houston, the grocer, proposed a comprehensive offer as part of discussions with UFCW Local 455 that includes hourly wage increases of nearly 5% to 7% over the next two years for approximately 12,000 associates throughout Greater Houston.


“Kroger is investing more than ever in wages. Last year, we invested $450 million to increase hourly wages across the enterprise,” said Division President Laura Gump. “On top of competitive hourly wages, Kroger associates also receive industry-leading, affordable healthcare and retirement benefits, including pensions, which many of our competitors don’t offer. A balanced and fair agreement with our associates is critical to the health and success of our company in the highly competitive Houston grocery market.”


Kroger associates receive a benefits package that includes market competitive wages, healthcare, retirement savings, and on-demand access to mental health assistance, career advancement opportunities, industry-leading tuition assistance, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, grocery discounts, and other perks and rewards.


“Kroger’s longstanding culture of opportunity has created an environment where many people, whether it be a cashier, clerk, stocker, or pharmacy technician, come for a job and stay for a career,” continued Gump. “In fact, 76% of Houston’s leadership and management team was promoted from entry-level roles to various positions of considerable responsibility.”


The average tenure of a Kroger Houston associate is 7.4 years, and the grocer employs every generation, with the youngest associate being 16 and most mature being 86 years of age working in its stores.


To learn more about ongoing negotiations and the benefits offered for Houston associates, please visit this website.