The Kroger Co has been notified by United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1529 that union members have ratified two new labor contracts covering about 6,500 employees in Memphis TN, western Tennessee, and Mississippi.
A new four-year contract for supermarket clerks provides annual wage increases that will raise the top hourly rate for department heads to as much as $15.80 by the last year of the agreement. The top rate for full-time clerks will rise to $12.16 per hour by the last year of the contract, while the top rate for part-time will increase to $9.50 per hour over that period.
The second contract, which covers meat, seafood, and deli employees, provides annual wage increases that will raise the top hourly rate for meat department heads to as much as $17.77 by the end of the contract. The new top rate for deli department heads will match the department head rates in the Clerk Agreement.
In both contracts, Kroger also will increase what it pays to provide health care benefits to employees by up to 8% annually.