The work you do every day helps feed our neighbors and power our communities. You’ve been on the frontlines of a global pandemic – showing up while others stay home. Along with other UFCW Locals from around the country and our partners at the International Union, we have been fighting for additional pay that acknowledges your service in a time of crisis, for safe places to work, and for additional workplace protections.
South Bend Kroger workers can expect the next guaranteed pay increase on October 31, 2021. In our last negotiations, we secured guaranteed pay increases to better align pay with other Kroger markets throughout the state and higher premium pay. We will continue to fight in negotiations for additional pay that recognizes your continued dedication to feeding families around our state and ongoing advocacy to recognize the challenges you face at work.
A strong union contract, including higher pay and better benefits, can help attract additional workers to better manage the ongoing demands of grocery professionals; this means that there should be more people to take care of customers and stores will be better able to have appropriate levels of staff.
We will negotiate new contracts with Kroger next year. The Indianapolis contract expires in May 2022; the Fort Wayne contract expires in August 2022; the South Bend contract expires in October 2022. Over the past few years, we have continued to push for the pay increases you’ve earned and you deserve. We raised the pay scales for this area, increased pay for Pharmacy Techs, and improved contract language. We will keep pushing to build on these victories.
Should you have any questions or desire further information, please contact your Union Representative.