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The largest grocery-store union in the U.S. condemned supermarket company Kroger over plans to end "hero" pay amounting to an extra $2 per hour for front-line workers.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) joined employees and customers alike in expressing outrage at the company's decision with the COVID-19 pandemic and many shelter-in-place orders ongoing.
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"We are extremely disappointed by Kroger’s decision to end Hero Pay," the UFCW wrote. "At the beginning of this crisis, Kroger first called these workers 'heroes' and now they have decided that they’ve stopped being heroes.
The union added that the pandemic and social distancing guidelines continue, Kroger employees are required to wear masks, and there is no vaccine for the virus yet.
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