Two weeks ago Kroger announced they were going to cut hero pay for essential workers on May 17th. Workers were united in our opposition to this pay cut.
On Friday, May 15th UFCW 770 Members throughout southern California took part in actions to support workers at Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and FoodsCo whose parent company Kroger is taking away the $2 per hour premium that workers have earned during the Covid-19 crisis. We made our voices heard loud and clear.
Kroger seems to have heard us. And their decision shows that we can have an impact, that it is important for workers, community and unions to protest against decisions that harm workers. Especially as the company continues to make a huge profit during the pandemic and as other chains like Gelson’s Vons, Albertsons, and Stater Bros. continue to extend the pay increases.
We will continue to keep up the pressure for better pay, and for improving safety in Kroger stores. Kroger has a lot more work to do to show essential workers that they are valued and safe at work. They have a lot of work to clean up the mess they have made over the last couple weeks.
Below you can find photos from actions that took place in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Canoga Park, Oxnard, and Ventura.