Kroger Offered $130 Million Thank You Pay for Employees During the Pandemic
The Cincinnati-based retail company Kroger Co. announced a $130 million fund for special Thank You Pay to frontline workers for their commitment to work during the pandemic crisis, according to Supermarket News.
Kroger employees in hourly grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center will receive a one-time Thank You Pay, where full-time qualified workers receive $400 and qualified part-time workers receive $200. The payments will be delivered in two installments on May 30 and June 18. The Thank You Pay was preceded by multiple Hero Bonuses that were paid through mid-May until May 23.
Kroger’s chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen commented on the special payment:
"Our associates have been instrumental in feeding America while also helping to flatten the curve during the initial phases of the pandemic. To recognize and thank our associates for their incredible work during this historic time, we offered special pay in March, April and May.
As the country moves toward reopening, we will continue to safeguard our associates' health and well-being and recognize their work. At the same time, we will continue running a sustainable business that provides steady employment and opportunities to learn and grow for over half a million associates."
The retailer also announced the continuation of paid emergency leave during the coronavirus crisis, in addition to its other investments in ensuring the safety of its associates and customers.
Last week, Kroger was reported to have hired more than 100,000 workers in the past eight weeks since coronavirus was declared a national emergency. The overall workforce of the retail company has increased to more than 560,000 employees during the pandemic.