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So here's the deal...I've been with Kroger for about a year now. Right now I am a courtesy clerk and have been trying for the past 4 months to move up to register. I have done all the training and have my cashier numbers. About 3 weeks ago, my manager told me she would be putting me on the cashier schedule...nothing. I asked her last week about it and she said "don't worry, I'll do it." They've been letting me get on register even though I'm not on the cashier schedule, and another cashier filed a grievance today since I am not on their schedule. Well last week I found out that they went ahead and hired a cashier, and I questioned my manager about it. She told me that I would have more seniority over her because I did my training before her, but I am STILL not on the cashier schedule. hmm To me it feels like they are playing mind games...Apparently my manager and our hiring manager made a verbal agreement about a month ago that if they hired this new lady, she would put me on the schedule. Still, it has been MONTHS that I've been trying to transfer departments, and I am livid right now. Is this a good enough reason with enough support to file a grievance?

Any thoughts are much appreciated. smile



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Morgan - you were hired in as a courtesy clerk.  You applied to kroger a year ago and then you accepted a job. It is to be a courtesy clerk.  That is all - period.  Don't bite the hand that feeds you!

Moving up to be a cashier is perfectly fine to do. However, no one is obligated to make you a cashier.  If I was you, I would ask to have a sit down with this manager.  Be cordial and receptive.  Ask what still needs to be done in order to become a cashier.  Speak next to the co manager over the front end and to the store manager.  Go through all the possible hoops that are laid out ahead of you.  Store your frustrations in the trunk temporarily.  Give yourself a timeframe to exhaust all possible scenarios (maybe 2 weeks).  Then if you still feel after then that you are not being respected go speak to your stores union steward about possibilities there.

 

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They are not going to move you. Clerks have to do more than cashiers and they aren't going to let that go. I was #1 on ELMS for a month strait and they refused to make me a strait up cashier because i did my bagging job so well.... then grocery pulled me when a lot of people decided it would be a good time to quit or go on restricted schedule (school started) and now I'm stuck working 6 days a week, not getting 40 hours, having to deal with que-vision and key retailing.... did I mention that i never actually agreed to go into grocery before they put me there? yeah. that too.

you find out who actually runs your store when your schedule changes. You're just finding out that it's your head cashier.

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senority only coms imto play if "all circumstance are equal"

in other words, management will claim the other person is better qualified, and it's more or less their judgment call.

i't rarely fair, but really all you can do, is hang in there, and wait. your time may come, but don't try to worry too much about it. there is little you can do.



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Yes, plenty of reason to file a grievance, you should be getting paid as a Cashier, which in most contracts make more money.  They either pay you as a Cashier or don't use you as one. Now you have to decide if you want to make the stink or not.  The only way you will have more seniority than the new Cashier they hired is for them to backdate the change form from bagger to cashier with the date you ran a register on your own.  It is NOT transfering departments, it is all Front End, but you have much more flexibility as a Cashier ot move into other positions.  They can however make you a Cashier while keeping you on the bagger schedule, a Clerk is a Clerk is a Clerk.  BUT they will have to pay you like a Cashier and that again should be retro-active.



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I'm with Dude on this one, tho I probably would have made my intro a bit more tactful. Choose your battles carefully and with patience.....Particularly in these harsh economic times.

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i was tactful wasnt i?  i started out by addressing her by her first name!  thats tactful  LOLbiggrin

 

we all love you Morgan and you are a wonderful bagger



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I'm with Dude on this one, tho I probably would have made my intro a bit more tactful. Choose your battles carefully and with patience.....Particularly in these harsh economic times.


 Everytime i hear/read someone say this I just want to slap the **** out of them. When has it ever not been "hard economic times"? That's just an excuse to let the big guy roll all over you.

Stop it.



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hahaha...I am hangin in there :) It's going to take a lot but I've been bugging the crap out of them about it, and that's really the only way to go because they seem to "forget". ;) The other day they called me and asked if I could come in to work 8-midnight, and as a cashier; apparently three cashiers called off and there was no one to close. I was the last one she called, she had tried all of the other cashiers and went down the whole list and none could come in. Well come to find out, the same one who filed a grievance before, filed one again, and so did her friend (who's a cashier). I find it funny because it seems like the easy way to go for a little extra money. I'm not too worried about it 'cuz it's not hurting me one bit! :D

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Oh and thanks everyone for your replies, I really needed the moral support, LOL.

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morgan_elyse wrote:

Oh and thanks everyone for your replies, I really needed the moral support, LOL.


 Just stick up for yourself as tactfully as possible.....best of luck~



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so, checked the schedule today, and i'm on the cashier schedule for next week! woot woot! biggrin



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