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Grocery agreements.

Grocery agreements Two new 3-year pacts were negotiated by Kroger Co. and Food and Commercial Worker Locals 368 and 540, covering some 5,400 grocery clerks and 600 meat department workers at about 60 supermarkets in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX, area. The separate, but similar, accords provided for wage increases to employees at the top of the wage progression and the establishment of a lower wage scale for newly hired grocery clerks.

Under the pact for meat department employees, wage increases for department heads total 78.5 cents an hour over the contract term, with department heads at large volume stores going from $13.87 an hour to $14.68 and those at lower volume stores going from $13.39 to $14.18. Other employees at the top of the wage progression receive 75 cent-an-hour pay boosts, bringing wage rates for meatcutters to $13.39 an hour (from $12.64), wrappers to $11.30 an hour (from $10.55), and market assistants to $11.15 an hour (from $10.40). Other terms include a special $3.05 an hour increase (to $11.15) over the contract term in the top rate for 30 meat department service clerks, who will be given additional job duties; an 80-cent-an-hour increase over the contract term for part-time service clerks; continuance of the current $119 monthly employer contribution to the pension fund; an increase of $19.50 (to $54.50) in the monthly pension rate for each year of future credited service; a $14 increase (to $239) in the monthly employer contribution to the health and welfare fund in the first year, and additional increases as needed to maintain the current level of benefits in the second and third years.

Under the clerks' agreement, wages for department heads are increased 78.5 cents an hour over the contract term. Full-time clerks at the top of the wage progression scale receive wage boosts of 75 cents an hour over the term, with their average rate increasing to $11.15 by the end of the contract. In addition, a two-tier wage scale for grocery clerks was established, with a lower wage scale for new hires. Entry level pay for newly hired full-time grocery clerks was set at $4 per hour in 1990, $4.25 in 1991, and progresses to $8.60 by the end of the contract (newly hired part-time grocery clerks progress to $7.00 an hour).

The agreement also includes several other provisions affecting newly hired grocery clerks. New hires will be paid straight time for work on Sundays and holidays for the first 2 years of their employment, after which they will earn a $1 an hour premium. The employer contribution to the health and welfare fund for new hires is set at 60 cents per hour worked, compared with 96 cents for current employees. Newly hired grocery clerks receive a less comprehensive package of health and welfare benefits for the first 3 years of employment, after which they will be eligible for full benefits if they work a requisite number of hours in a month.

Elsewhere, 15,500 workers represented by Local 7 of the Food and Commercial Workers ratified separate, but essentially identical, 3-year pacts with King Sooper, Safeway, and Albertson, the largest grocery chains in the Denver, CO, area.

Under terms of the contracts, "all-purpose clerks" at the top of the wage progression scale receive 60-cent-an-hour raises in the first year and 25-cent increases in the second and third years, bringing their pay to $12.60 an hour by the end of the contract. Journeymen meatcutters recieved an 80-cent-an-hour wage increase in the first year and 45-cent increases in the second and third years, bringing journeymen rates to $14.28 an hour over the contract term.

Other terms included minimum bonuses of 20 cents per hour (up to a maximum of 75 cents) for "all-purpose clerks" and meatcutters and 10 cents an hour for courtesy clerks in the first year, and unspecified bonuses in the second and third years; a 17-cent-an-hour increase (to $24.65 per month) in the employers' contributions to the union's health and welfare fund, and an additional 8 cents, if needed, to maintain current benefit levels in the second year, increasing to a minimum of 20 cents (and up to an additional 15 cents if needed) in the third year; and unpaid family care leave for up to 6 consecutive months within a 2-year period with no loss of seniority.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations; Kroger Co.
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1990
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