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(Toronto Star)   Canada's largest grocery store chain giving front line workers a 15% raise during the pandemic. Your move, well, everyone else   (thestar.com) divider line
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2020-03-22 7:37:34 AM  
Wow, I'm sincerely impressed by that.  I wonder how the hell so many individual lowly grocery store workers managed to get some financial adjustment based on this crisis situation...I wonder....I guess they all individually re-negotiated with their manager who listened to them with the respect they deserve considering how vital they are right now.

Or maybe it was the management that just decided out of the blue to reduce share-holder profits at the expense of paying these workers their worth, but that sounds ridiculous and would imply that this corporation has empathy which is a negative trait in the fierce world of executive bonus earning.

Wait no, it was because they're unionized and as a whole they were able to convince management that this is a good thing to do.

Your move Bezos, richest man in the world, or is begging other people to pay your employees the best you can do?
 
2020-03-22 9:56:12 AM  
I've been spreading the word about Natural Grocers to people I know.  This past Friday was the first time I had left the house since going to work the Friday before (we're all on WFH).  I know one of the workers at my local Natural Grocers and chatted with him for a few.  He said they did seven days of business in three the previous weekend, which is right after the NBA season was canceled and the US started to take this serious.  The staff at all locations have been working their tails off.  Natural Grocers has responded with the following: all employees receive a 10% bonus in their next paycheck; all employees receive a $1/hour raise until the crisis abates; liberal sick leave.I asked if the medical policy was amended to cover Covid-19 testing, and he wasn't sure.  Since they're on the "front lines" he said the company has communicated the workers will not jeopardize their safety.  The store has limits on purchases and shuts down early to thoroughly clean the store.  I thanked him, reiterated he and his co-workers are the true glue of the economy, and told him to stay safe.
 
2020-03-22 10:02:29 AM  
 
2020-03-22 10:02:32 AM  
Not bad.

We got word yesterday Kroger is working on a lump sum payment next month for their store employees.

I'm glad I'm not the one in charge of doing the back pay portion of this one. It's going to a lot of fun to implement.
 
2020-03-22 10:17:29 AM  
The Metro here fired all of their employees last summer, closed down and then reopened as a Food Basics but they did offer to rehire the workers for reduced wages, and without their previous benefits and vacation packages. So that was nice of them.
 
2020-03-22 11:17:30 AM  
Hive Cannabis also gave their employees a $2/hr raise while they work through the outbreak.
Pretty farking decent of them.
 
2020-03-22 11:33:17 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: I've been spreading the word about Natural Grocers to people I know.  This past Friday was the first time I had left the house since going to work the Friday before (we're all on WFH).  I know one of the workers at my local Natural Grocers and chatted with him for a few.  He said they did seven days of business in three the previous weekend, which is right after the NBA season was canceled and the US started to take this serious.  The staff at all locations have been working their tails off.  Natural Grocers has responded with the following: all employees receive a 10% bonus in their next paycheck; all employees receive a $1/hour raise until the crisis abates; liberal sick leave.I asked if the medical policy was amended to cover Covid-19 testing, and he wasn't sure.  Since they're on the "front lines" he said the company has communicated the workers will not jeopardize their safety.  The store has limits on purchases and shuts down early to thoroughly clean the store.  I thanked him, reiterated he and his co-workers are the true glue of the economy, and told him to stay safe.


wow a dollar an hour

40 extra bucks a week before taxes!!!!!!
 
2020-03-22 12:17:30 PM  
Must be all that money they're sitting on from the bread price-fixing they've been doing for the last decades.

Still cool, but still. It's not like Loblaws has a glorious history of altruism.
 
2020-03-22 12:18:37 PM  
People who worked at Loblaws used to make pretty good money. For instance, $18 an hour for a part-time cashier is pretty good. A few yeas ago they were knocked down to minimum wage, take it or leave it.

So they're just giving back some of the millions of dollars they took away. This is like somebody stealing your wallet, then expecting praise for giving you bus fare home.
 
2020-03-22 12:21:55 PM  
My global company with > 55,000 employees announced they're giving everyone a $1000 one time payment to help with unexpected expenses and donated $1 million to aid agencies. I donated that $1000 to local food bank and hospital.

Very happy with how my company has responded.
 
2020-03-22 1:39:20 PM  

McCaesar: My global company with > 55,000 employees announced they're giving everyone a $1000 one time payment to help with unexpected expenses and donated $1 million to aid agencies. I donated that $1000 to local food bank and hospital.

Very happy with how my company has responded.


I got a hot cocoa sampler box.
 
2020-03-22 2:50:43 PM  
Be kind and actually thank your local grocery clerk when checking out.  They are literally first responders providers and are putting themselves at risk to provide essentials for your survival.  Not only do they have to help sensible folk, who understand the nature of this crisis, but conservatives as well, who only now are beginning to comprehend what's happening and have been endangering public health by their ignorance.  Just this morning, I saw an asshat making a scene about having to queue in a single line, on 6' marked lines, to checkout, and why did he have to wait outside in a queue, when he knew exactly what he wanted to buy.  (Yes, it's all about you, buddy).

Anyhow, thank the staff who are there for you.
 
2020-03-22 4:11:58 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: As a Canadian this is cool. As a Loblaw shareholder I am appalled.....

In the UK Tesco have done much the same.
The chain also announced on Saturday it will give all its workers across stores, distribution centres and customer engagement centres a 10% bonus on their hourly rate until 1 May - backdated to 9 March.


As a Loblaws shareholder would you rather the stores be shut down because employees refused to work without being compensated for the additional risks they are taking by continuing to work?
 
2020-03-22 4:49:41 PM  

dywed88: Carter Pewterschmidt: As a Canadian this is cool. As a Loblaw shareholder I am appalled.....

In the UK Tesco have done much the same.
The chain also announced on Saturday it will give all its workers across stores, distribution centres and customer engagement centres a 10% bonus on their hourly rate until 1 May - backdated to 9 March.

As a Loblaws shareholder would you rather the stores be shut down because employees refused to work without being compensated for the additional risks they are taking by continuing to work?


Refusing to work? They can do that?

/I have a handful of shares given to me as a gift. The dividend I get is literally less than the cost of the stamp on the letter they mail me the cheque in. Especially since I live in the UK. I'm not going to be financially ruined if their profits fall.
 
2020-03-22 4:58:00 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Refusing to work? They can do that?


Our gov is about to put out the details of the crisis relief package that includes temporary pay to compensate for voluntary isolation and people who need to stay up to look after their children.  It will be pretty easy for a grocery store worker to take advantage of either of those to avoid going into the plague zones and still get by.

Here's the short-version of what's coming that's been floating around our social circles:
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I'm pretty happy that our most vulnerable workers have something to fall back upon vs relying on the mercy and empathy of company share holders' whims...like yourself ;)
 
2020-03-22 6:37:58 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Carter Pewterschmidt: Refusing to work? They can do that?

Our gov is about to put out the details of the crisis relief package that includes temporary pay to compensate for voluntary isolation and people who need to stay up to look after their children.  It will be pretty easy for a grocery store worker to take advantage of either of those to avoid going into the plague zones and still get by.

Here's the short-version of what's coming that's been floating around our social circles:
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I'm pretty happy that our most vulnerable workers have something to fall back upon vs relying on the mercy and empathy of company share holders' whims...like yourself ;)


I was joking. And much the same here in the UK. Sick pay from day one for those self isolating, benefits paid from day one for those laid off, government paying 80% of wages for all workers stood down by employers etc.
 
2020-03-22 6:42:50 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: BumpInTheNight: Carter Pewterschmidt: Refusing to work? They can do that?

Our gov is about to put out the details of the crisis relief package that includes temporary pay to compensate for voluntary isolation and people who need to stay up to look after their children.  It will be pretty easy for a grocery store worker to take advantage of either of those to avoid going into the plague zones and still get by.

Here's the short-version of what's coming that's been floating around our social circles:
[Fark user image 512x960]

I'm pretty happy that our most vulnerable workers have something to fall back upon vs relying on the mercy and empathy of company share holders' whims...like yourself ;)

I was joking. And much the same here in the UK. Sick pay from day one for those self isolating, benefits paid from day one for those laid off, government paying 80% of wages for all workers stood down by employers etc.


I know you were only saying such in jest, and its all good my friend.  Glad to hear your folks have a responsive government-backed plan as well.  I'm luckily equipped to be able to work from home but many of my extended family and friends aren't, seeing these plans being rolled out brings a lot of peace to our collective nerves.

Stay safe!
 
2020-03-22 9:08:18 PM  

BumpInTheNight: I know you were only saying such in jest, and its all good my friend.  Glad to hear your folks have a responsive government-backed plan as well.  I'm luckily equipped to be able to work from home but many of my extended family and friends aren't, seeing these plans being rolled out brings a lot of peace to our collective nerves.

Stay safe!


I have been classed as a Key Worker so no sent home/work from home for me. I have to carry on working, and meeting lots of people. Yay me.

/On the plus side I'm still getting paid, which is nice.
 
2020-03-23 11:59:20 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: dywed88: Carter Pewterschmidt: As a Canadian this is cool. As a Loblaw shareholder I am appalled.....

In the UK Tesco have done much the same.
The chain also announced on Saturday it will give all its workers across stores, distribution centres and customer engagement centres a 10% bonus on their hourly rate until 1 May - backdated to 9 March.

As a Loblaws shareholder would you rather the stores be shut down because employees refused to work without being compensated for the additional risks they are taking by continuing to work?

Refusing to work? They can do that?

/I have a handful of shares given to me as a gift. The dividend I get is literally less than the cost of the stamp on the letter they mail me the cheque in. Especially since I live in the UK. I'm not going to be financially ruined if their profits fall.


In Canada, employees of all industries have the right, and in some proivnces (Alberta FI ), an obligation, to refuse unsafe work.
 
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