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UFCW LOCAL 876 RELEASES FACT SHEET IN RESPONSE TO KROGER AD

 UFCW LOCAL 876 RELEASES FACT SHEET IN RESPONSE TO KROGER AD
 MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by UFCW Local 876:
 In response to Kroger's advertisement in yesterday's (May 13) Detroit newspapers, UFCW Local 876 has released the following fact sheet.
 THE TRUTH ABOUT FULL-TIME JOBS AT KROGER
 Once again, Kroger is not telling the public the truth in its full- page newspaper ads about the full-time job issue, which is very important to striking Kroger workers.
 FACT: Less than a decade ago, 85 percent of Kroger employees were full-time. Today, about 36 percent of Kroger workers, not counting courtesy clerks, are full-time. In fact, the average Kroger worker -- including full-timers and part-timers -- works about 30 hours per week.
 FACT: In 1987, Kroger asked the UFCW for flexibility in scheduling, and the Union agreed to a 50-50 ratio based on available hours in the stores -- 50 percent of the hours to be earmarked for full-time employees and 50 percent for part-time. In return, Kroger agreed to a limit of 28 hours per week for part-timers.
 FACT: Kroger's principal competition, Farmer Jack and A&P have a 50-50 ratio based on head count. In other words, 50 percent of the employees are full-time. The Union seeks nothing more than Kroger's competition is already providing.
 FACT: Last year, more than 470 Kroger employees averaged 40 hours a week, but were still classified "part-time." For more than 50 years, Americans who work 40 hours a week are considered full-time -- but not at Kroger.
 FACT: The increase in full-time jobs at Kroger since 1987 is the direct result of Kroger's purchase of the Great Scott! stores, and not to Kroger "creating" full-time jobs.
 FACT: Despite the claims in its ads, Kroger is demanding major changes in full-time and part-time jobs.
 Change No. 1 -- Require part-time workers to average 40 hours a week
 for 12 consecutive weeks in order to move to full-
 time status for benefits, especially dependent
 coverage for health insurance. (Presently, the
 requirement is 30 hours a week, the same as at
 Kroger's major competitors.)
 Change No. 2 -- Prohibit part-time employees from working more than
 36 hours a week, which means no part-timers can
 become full-time status unless Kroger wants them to
 -- that's "favoritism." Kroger also wants to limit
 the ability of part-timers to claim more hours.
 FACT: The "flexibility" Kroger demands is to give away the work that we do, so we won't have jobs. That's not "flexibility." It's economic suicide for Kroger workers. The Union told Kroger it would consider modifications in vendor stocking, but won't give Kroger carte blanche to destroy jobs.
 FACT: When the Union agreed to allow salesman to "assist" clerks in setting up displays, Kroger got greedy and scheduled one clerk to be "assisted" by as many as 50 different salesmen at the same time. That's why our Union is wary of Kroger's definition of "flexibility."
 FACT: Customer service suffers when employees don't have any opportunity to make a career out of working at Kroger. Workers who see no real future in working at Kroger won't provide the quality of customer service that keeps consumers shopping in their stores.
 FACT: It is Kroger, not the Union, that is saying it is unwilling to compromise at the bargaining table.
 -0- 5/14/92
 /CONTACT: Al Zack of UFCW Local 876, 313-585-9671/
 (KR) CO: United Food and Commercial Workers; The Kroger Co. ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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