Fry's parent company negotiating with unions about end date for ‘hero pay’

Posted at 8:40 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 11:40:09-04

Kroger Co., the parent company of Arizona-based Fry's Food Stores, is negotiating with two unions that want the supermarket giant to extend its “hero bonus” for front-line workers beyond its newly set expiration date and improve worker safety conditions.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger, the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, told employees in its western states last week that the bonus of $2 per hour Kroger added March 31 will expire May 17, according to a Supermarket News article.

The bonus is intended to reward front-line workers who are providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kroger has scheduled the bonus to end in mid-May, a Kroger spokesperson said in a statement late Friday.

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