The Kroger Co. announced this week that associates working at 98 stores across Kroger's Dallas division ratified a new agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1000.
The agreement includes increased wages for all associates; ratification bonuses and retroactive pay for department heads, store leads, high-performing associates and other store positions; and improved Kroger health benefits, including lower associate contributions and lower deductibles.
“Across the Kroger family of companies, we are proud that by the end of 2020 we will have increased our associate wage investments by approximately $800 million—$300 million more than we had originally planned as part of our Restock Kroger initiative,” said Tim Massa, SVP and chief people officer of Kroger. "Kroger in Dallas is one of the numerous markets across the country that is rewarding and recognizing associates for their hard work with wage increases."
The new agreement impacts more than 11,000 associates under the Kroger Dallas division.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement that benefits our associates, including significant wage increases and enhanced Kroger-sponsored health care," said Adam Wampler, Kroger's Dallas division president. "I appreciate our associates for supporting this agreement and continuing to provide uplifting service to our customers each and every day."
UFCW Local 1000 President Ricky Burris praised the deal, saying the contract “creates more opportunity for our members to have a better life.”
Kroger operates 109 retail food stores in the Dallas division.