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Because of the new tax cut package finally passed by Congress and approved by President Trump, the economy is expected to be BOOMING this coming year, and many companies are already raising wages and giving out bonuses to some (or all) of their employees.  

Walmart announced they are raising their starting wages to 11 dollars per hour across the board. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/11/walmart-to-boost-starting-wage-give-employees-bonus-after-tax-bill.html 

 

So, my question is..............is Kroger gonna do anything similar?????????????????????

 

 

 

 

 



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I dont think walmaet is union so they can adjust pay across the board. union Is going to have to step in if we Stand a chance of higher wages. 



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I'm sure all the union stores that have their contracts expiring this year will push the issue



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I honestly hope not because even if they increase the starting wage people who have worked there for years, won't get a increase in their wages. So say i make $15.50 an hour after working there for 5-6 years, then they change starting wage to $11.00 and hour. I wouldn't see a increase in my pay but anyone else who doesn't make that much already will. I've put time into this job get my raises.

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We have in certain positions already due to Walmart's last raise increase but not as much as they did. For whatever reason, Kroger can't/won't compete with Walmart on wages and we end up losing some good people in certain areas who will go right down the road for higher pay and generally the same amount of BS, which is still a trade-off in their favor. But I do see an advantage; a lot of "bright" people will exodus, so there will be less competition for higher wage jobs and potentially even management positions, which will pay well regardless of where you're working.

 



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My friend said they worked at Walmart and when they increased pay the last time it went to the higher ups and start slashing hours to the underdogs. The rich keep getting richer. The good thing Kroger has a union but I still thinks that only benefits the full-time workers. Part-timers have to wait on a bid and that's no guarantee.  



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We have in certain positions already due to Walmart's last raise increase but not as much as they did. For whatever reason, Kroger can't/won't compete with Walmart on wages and we end up losing some good people in certain areas who will go right down the road for higher pay and generally the same amount of BS, which is still a trade-off in their favor. But I do see an advantage; a lot of "bright" people will exodus, so there will be less competition for higher wage jobs and potentially even management positions, which will pay well regardless of where you're working.

 


Love this post. Same amount of BS. LOL!



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My friend said they worked at Walmart and when they increased pay the last time it went to the higher ups and start slashing hours to the underdogs. The rich keep getting richer. The good thing Kroger has a union but I still thinks that only benefits the full-time workers. Part-timers have to wait on a bid and that's no guarantee.  


Not every store is Union. Mine isn't.



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So your store is not union? Do you like it that way? are you full time? 



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What stores are not union ? 



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Anonymous wrote:

So your store is not union? Do you like it that way? are you full time? 


 
Love it. Cuts the red tape and just lets us work. Is harder to retain employees due to lower wages but that's probably the only negative. I usually work ~45 hours a week. I've worked union jobs in the past and hated the environment.



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Anonymous wrote:

What stores are not union ? 


 Quite a few, mostly Southeast I'm assuming. I think 3-4 in our district are non-union, unsure about the entire Division. I'd guess Louisville and Atlanta probably have the most non-union stores due to being located in Right-To-Work states. Maybe some out in Texas too.



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How much do they pay you in your non union stores? How many vacations and sick days do they give you? Also do they fire you  easy when u department head



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Anonymous wrote:

So your store is not union? Do you like it that way? are you full time? 


 
Love it. Cuts the red tape and just lets us work. Is harder to retain employees due to lower wages but that's probably the only negative. I usually work ~45 hours a week. I've worked union jobs in the past and hated the environment.


 If your in a non union store why don't u just work at wallmart they pay better?



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There are wage increases for existing employees factored in when the union contracts are negotiated. We saw that in our recent arbitration. It also depends on what tier store your pay is being based on. The better the sales the better the pay gets for the same store.
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I honestly hope not because even if they increase the starting wage people who have worked there for years, won't get a increase in their wages. So say i make $15.50 an hour after working there for 5-6 years, then they change starting wage to $11.00 and hour. I wouldn't see a increase in my pay but anyone else who doesn't make that much already will. I've put time into this job get my raises.




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In the Ralphs/California division, starting pay recently increased to $12.10/hr for freakin' baggers, with everybody else who isn't topped out or a department head seeing an increase as well. It might just be my district, I know its something our HR coordinator fought for due to complete lack of morale, retention at all stores. This wasn't really announced or talked about by management when it started, maybe 6 months ago? So far the stores I've worked in are still ****holes but the quality of new hires is improving and people seem to be sticking around more. Maybe if this works here they might start implementing it elsewhere? That being said minimum wage is $11 here and renting a room is $800-$1200 a month.



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Kroger will have to renegotiate Union Pay scales with both Target/Walmart starting at a $11.00, Kroger and the Union will be fine will $11.00 an hour starting off, but they will fight over increasing the pay-scale/top out wage.

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During our contract negotiation last year, the union was fighting for $10.00 starting pay, but Kroger fought tooth and nail against it... and eventually got the union to agree to $9.50 an hour instead. It sucks, but I don't see Kroger caring much what other companies are paying now... they haven't in the past, after all.

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Actually, they have cared only about paying hourly wages close to other grocery stores. With the consolidation of the industry and then the changing product mix of all retail, they have to look at Walmart, Target and all the other "normal" grocery stores. The company would be happy to pay more for new hires ....etc, but they also know that means raising the top out wage too.

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EUID_Unknown wrote:

Actually, they have cared only about paying hourly wages close to other grocery stores. With the consolidation of the industry and then the changing product mix of all retail, they have to look at Walmart, Target and all the other "normal" grocery stores. The company would be happy to pay more for new hires ....etc, but they also know that means raising the top out wage too.


 When my union was negotiating, I totally got screwed when it comes to topping out. I was supposed to you out and get a $2 raise, a few weeks after the contract was ratified. Instead I ended up with a one dollar raise and have to wait a whole year to top out. That benefits Kroger, not me. To top it off, new hires will be getting paid two dollars more than they used to. Not fair to fight that hard go new hires and let long time employees get screwed. New hires shouldn't be a priority they haven't paid anything into the Union. Also I haven't seen the quality of people improving. Just paying the same creeps more money. Money was never the only issue anyway



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Anonymous wrote:
new hires will be getting paid two dollars more than they used to. Not fair to fight that hard go new hires and let long time employees get screwed. New hires shouldn't be a priority they haven't paid anything into the Union. Also I haven't seen the quality of people improving. Just paying the same creeps more money. Money was never the only issue anyway

 I think from Kroger's perspective, the higher starting wages will help them retain new hires.  I'm sure we've all had our share of new hires who come in, see what the job entails, and say "**** this" and walk on down the street to walmart.  If they're able to keep more new hires, they'll save money on the hiring process (drug testing, paper work, etc).  Just my opinion



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Anonymous wrote:

During our contract negotiation last year, the union was fighting for $10.00 starting pay, but Kroger fought tooth and nail against it... and eventually got the union to agree to $9.50 an hour instead. It sucks, but I don't see Kroger caring much what other companies are paying now... they haven't in the past, after all.


 this.  They could give 2 ****s about what others are doing.  The only time they care is when another company throws away some program--that's when kroger swoops in and tries to replicate something that didn't work for the original company.  They try to fix it and make it better, but it never works.  Throw the idea on the huge pile of failed kroger policies



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