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Kroger says it is PLANNING on hiring 10 thousand workers in coming weeks. Who believes that will be a reality?
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I think if they really hire that many people, most of them will have to be laid off in a few weeks if this craziness subsides. Or, at least their hours will be cut back drastically.  Personally I think a lot of this is just publicity for the Media and Public consumption. Comments, anyone??   

 

https://www.journal-news.com/news/kroger-closing-meat-and-seafood-counters-hiring-000-workers/CGjEGD4LSH78od4RPXd8RI/



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I gotta see it to believe it.

They need more truck drivers and warehouse workers at the moment.  And, probably more trucks and trailers.

We have enough people to stock overnight at my store until the orders start coming in bigger.

Once this blows over and we get caught up, then what?



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I had heard a lot of grocery stores are hiring temporary workers. They are being hired knowing it is just until the madness passes. I don't know how this would work with Kroger and unionized stores. I know in my store everyone who wants overtime is getting it. However, I'm going to be a walking zombie soon. I would welcome more help so I can take my days off. Also, since it's just a matter of time before our current workers get the virus we will need bodies to fill in. I'm okay with people losing their jobs in other industries coming in to help.



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I'm just glad they're not hiring scabs like during a strike. They'll loose a lot of employees after society starts to open again. I'm glad they're hiring staff that's willing to show up to work. I'm tired of triple duty and then some. Tired of 50hr work weeks while dealing with snooty nose brats half my shift. Half of our staff is too afraid to show up to work and we're doing triple duty. I understand why half of them don't want to show up but at the same time you're still responsible for your shifts. You can't just declare job abandonment and not show up for half your shifts leaving your coworkers screwed. You're responsible for the shifts assigned to you or the ones you pick. Management at my store started cracking down on this due to bad attendance. A lot of staff last year was let go for job abandonment due to not showing up to work enough times, handing off shifts to coworkers and leaving early, arriving late. 



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Kroger is also one of the few industries left open during this crisis. So when people need money they go to what ever companies are still left open.



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it's unclear if we're hiring on contingency. it might be that we're not waiting on background check and having them sign off on that.

we're hiring part time, not seasonal, not until this blows over so as far as I can see there's no wiggle room and these people are still entitled to permanent positions if they get through probation OK which is a mess.

We need more people.  Who is going to stand outside where all the carts are and wipe them all down, one by one, giving them to a customer, from open until close?  We can't even keep the lot cleared.  Who is cleaning restrooms twice an hour?  Who is wiping down sco screens between each customer from open until close? 

Most stores don't have the number of people on staff to support these conditions for weeks and months. I'm in Atlanta Local 1996.

We need people to go back to normal shopping patterns and stop hoarding



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Well,that's an average of about 3 per store so I doubt they're temporary.



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I'm just glad they're not hiring scabs like during a strike. They'll loose a lot of employees after society starts to open again. I'm glad they're hiring staff that's willing to show up to work. I'm tired of triple duty and then some. Tired of 50hr work weeks while dealing with snooty nose brats half my shift. Half of our staff is too afraid to show up to work and we're doing triple duty. I understand why half of them don't want to show up but at the same time you're still responsible for your shifts. You can't just declare job abandonment and not show up for half your shifts leaving your coworkers screwed. You're responsible for the shifts assigned to you or the ones you pick. Management at my store started cracking down on this due to bad attendance. A lot of staff last year was let go for job abandonment due to not showing up to work enough times, handing off shifts to coworkers and leaving early, arriving late. 


 Your responsible for your shifts? And then, what if you get sick somehow? You guys act as if this is all over with when it's only just begun! And we're going to be dealing with this for awhile...Leniency is what's required here, depending on the circumstances...If those people are let go and no new ones are hired, you're STILL screwed!

We're in very unprecedented waters here, people!



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Yep.  PR move.  Kroger is taking a beating in the media due to their bungling of the outbreak.

That is only 3-4 employees per store.

Considering how much all of our departments were struggling before the coronavirus, it's not really that many.

After all of this blows over, they'll be given twelve to twenty hour weeks (just like regular new employees), which will hasten them right out the door (just like regular new employees).



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Well, I see Walmart is hiring plenty of new workers and offering them pay incentives to stick around awhile, at least until Memorial Day...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/03/23/coronavirus-leads-walmart-join-amazon-raising-pay/2898657001/

While no one knows how long this will go on or if they'll have to amend that policy at some point, people will get used to this kind of thing...A lot of new things people will get used to and once this pandemic is all over (whenever THAT will be), it will be hard to go back to business-as-usual...



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I've heared about it. These, from what I have heared, are temporary workers. Once this corona epidemic gets under control, the workers will be let go.

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They supposedly hired 43 new employees at my store last week... 43! Super ridiculous. We've already slowed down considerably this week from last. I would say those people are going to be getting no hours, but I think union rules state they have to give them a minimum of 16 hours a week. 



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We are so slow now what are they going to do?



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We got 2 new grocery stockers at my store tonight. Now there are 7 of us. And the load isnt even that big at all. It's at least 1200 pieces. So I'm taking my time, working at a snail's pace just to hopefully get a full 8 hours. It is a relief to be able to take it easy now. I haven't had a night off since last Tuesday. Plus it's my Friday. Finna get high and drunk after this shift is over.



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Are their 10 thousand suckers out there? Maybe - but they wont stay long.



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