February, 2021

UFCW Local 700 Announces New Free College Program

Ready to take the next step in your education? You can now complete your Bachelor’s Degree for FREE!

The new free college program is a bachelor completion program, which means members will need 60 (or more) credit hours earned in order to be admitted. There are currently five degrees:
– Business Administration
– Criminal Justice
– Interdisciplinary Studies
– Education (K-5)
– Education (Intervention Specialist)

Eligibility rules are the same (union members and families) as the free college program for the 2-year degree. Courses are every 8 weeks, all online.

Learn more.

Kroger workers eligible for additional compensation

Grocery and food workers have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We won’t stop fighting for the health and safety resources you need. In addition to everyday health and safety like mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent handwashing, Kroger workers have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (when eligible to do so).

Kroger workers who receive the necessary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a one-time payment of $100. To get this payment, you must present the vaccination record after completing the appropriate number of doses to receive the payment. 

As of now, the payment will be provided to those who receive their final dose before the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. This timeframe may be extended based on vaccine availability and roll out progress.

Both the union and the company are continuing to advocate for Kroger workers to be included in the earliest eligibility phase possible for the vaccine.

For questions or more information, contact your Union Rep.

Kroger workers to receive additional pay

We’ll keep fighting for the resources and job protections you need. All hourly, frontline workers active as of January 29, 2021 will receive a $100 Thank You Credit on their loyalty card. This credit is not taxable. All Kroger workers active as of January 29, 2021 will also receive 1,000 fuel points. Both items will be applied to your loyalty card on Feb. 11.

The $100 store credit/gift card or fuel points are not subject to payroll tax withholdings. These items are to help cover / defray personal, family or living expenses as a result of the pandemic. They will not be treated as income.

The credit does need to be used in one transaction. If a purchase is made that is less than $100, the remaining balance will be applied to future purchases until the $100 is gone. (It will appear on your receipt as “thank you credit.” The credit cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, fuel or pharmacy purchases.)

If more than one Kroger worker lives in the household, the $100 store credit is issued for each qualifying worker. All Kroger workers who are members of the household must have their loyalty cards linked in ExpressHR for the offers to automatically load.

Kroger workers who were on Leave of Absence (LOA) as of Jan. 29 are not eligible, with the exception of those on Emergency LOA.