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Kroger is introducing a 'hero bonus' for employees

by Alysa Dandridge (2020-04-29)

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Kroger Co. has announced it will introduce a 'hero bonus' as a thank you to all of its employees working on the coronavirus frontline.  

EWImruzU8AIAQCk.jpg%5CThe nation's biggest independent grocer said staff in their stores, as well as those working as part of the supply chain, in manufacturing, and in pharmacies and call centers will get an additional $2 a hour. 

Tim Massa, Kroger's chief people officer, said: 'Over these past few weeks, our associates from across the country have shown us the true meaning of the word hero. You have been nothing short of extraordinary.'  

Amazon, Whole Foods, 무료웹툰 GE and Instacart workers have all threatened to revolt over unsafe working conditions amid the spread of coronavirus. 

As millions of people stay at home in the United States and non-essential businesses are shuttered to slow the spread of the virus, grocery stores and pharmacies are staying open. 

Now Kroger, which owns more than 2,700 stores, says those frontline workers will earn extra pay for their shifts between March 29 and April 18. 

Kroger, which owns more than 2,700 stores, says frontline workers will earn an extra $2 per hours for their shifts between March 29 and April 18

They have already given full-time workers $300 and part-time workers $150 as part of a one off bonus to say thank you for their efforts. 

Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO, said: 'Our associates have displayed the true actions of a hero, working tirelessly on the front lines to ensure everyone has access to affordable, fresh food and essentials during this national emergency.

'The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude not only to our existing associates but also to the more than 30,000 new hires who have joined in the past two weeks and those who will soon join the Kroger Family of Companies.' 

Amazon worker stage walkouts in Michigan and New York  

Staff at an Amazon warehouse in Michigan staged a walkout Wednesday days after their colleagues in New York also protested against coronavirus working conditions.  

Workers at the plant in Romulus are said to gone on strike at midday, The Verge reports. Employee Tonya Ramsay said: 'I get we're essential, but our lives are essential as well.' 

Those working at the facility say management has been slow in telling them of the three positive cases at the site. They also say better cleaning and more space between workers is needed. 

Amazon workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse strike in demand that the facility be shut down and cleaned after one staffer tested positive for the coronavirus on March 30

Employee Tonya Ramsay, right, holds a sign outside the Amazon DTW1 fulfillment center in Romulus, Mich., Wednesday. Employees and family members are protesting in response to what they say is the company's failure to protect the health of its employees 

An Amazon spokesman told 'Of the over 4,000 employees at our Romulus, MI fulfillment center, less than 15 people, participated in today's demonstration. Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items they need in this crisis.'

Workers from at least 19 warehouses across the US have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Whole Foods workers vow more strike action  

Unemployment in the United States hit a record high Thurday. Ten million Americans are now jobless after a record 6.6million new claims were filed in one week - after 3.3million last week. 

One in three Americans report someone living in their household has lost their job or been forced to take a pay cut. 

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