" . . . The United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 21, which organized Friday’s protests, responded in a statement that 'Kroger’s decision today shows that we can have an impact.' But they said the one-time bonus is not enough, and they'll 'continue to keep up the pressure for better pay, and for improving safety in Kroger stores.'
Union leaders want Kroger to limit overcrowding, require that customers wear masks, and restore the hourly bonus. Marie Rouse-Williams is a union member and a cashier at the Burien Fred Meyer. She attended Friday’s protests and said the bonus pay 'should be extended until this whole thing is actually taken care of.'
PCC Community Markets will grant $2-an-hour 'appreciation pay' through May 23. The company implemented the increase on March 15 while Kroger offered it starting March 29.
Safeway has extended its $2-an-hour 'appreciation pay' through May 30. . ."
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