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Food store accords.

More than 5,700 employees of 70 Kroger Co. supermarkets in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia were covered by a 42-month accord that established a two-tier pay system under which employees hired after September 8, 1984, will start at $4 an hour and progress to a maximum of $7.30. Current employees will continue to progress to their existing $10.30 maximum rate, but it will now take longer. After they reach $6.79 an hour, they will receive increases of 50 cents an hour at 6-month intervals until a final 51-cent increase brings them to the $10.30 top rate. Previously, employees moved to the $10.30 rate 6 months after reaching $6.79.

The agreement, negotiated by Local 1063 of the Ford and Commercial Workers, did not provide for any general pay increases, but full-time employees who were on the payroll and at the top of their pay range on September 8 will receive four bonus payments totaling $1,000 over the contract term. The payments are contingent on the employees remaining in the same job classification.

The contract, which was retroactive to May 20, 1984, also provided for an $8 a month increase in Kroger's financing of health and welfare benefits in December 1984 and a $9 increase in June 1986, bringing the total contribution to $146.

In Ohio, Local 880 of the Food and Commercial Workers negotiated a 3-year contract with eight major food store chains that provided for no wage increase in the first year, bonus payments of $500 for full-time workers in the second year, and a 27-cent-an-hour pay increase in the final year. The accord, covering 14,000 workers in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, also provided for a 10-cent-an-hour increase in the pay progression rate, with 5 cents subject to use for health and welfare benefits.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1985
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