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Kroger and union reach deal; strike averted | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 131 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 11, 2010, titled Kroger and union reach deal; strike averted | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Kroger Co. says it's reached a tentative three-year agreement with a labor union, averting a strike by 14,000 workers at 133 stores.

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steve

United States

#22 Aug 3, 2010
Loves Walmart wrote:
Congratulations to the Kroger workers. You are the reason why food costs, on average, 30% more at Kroger than at Walmart and 15% more than at Giant Eagle. Kroger can spent millions trying to convince people that it has the lowest prices but anyone who has been to a Walmart Supercenter knows the truth. The difference in prices in just amazing.
Who cares just keep going to walmart the place that pays peanuts to their employees compared to kroger dummy look that up pay retirement health care are 10xs better at kroger thats a fact if u dont pay ur people very well of course u will have lower prices an kroger still kicks walmarts butt when it comes to the grocery side of things because the average joe doesnt like the idea of dealing with that crappy parking an walking 2 miles around a store to buy food
steve

United States

#24 Aug 3, 2010
Barb wrote:
WalMart doesn't have a union and some of their prices are slightly higher than Kroger. Explain that one to me if you can.
I can greed
steve

United States

#25 Aug 3, 2010
Union Thugs Kill Jobs wrote:
Great job union thugs. The strike threat was a real dumb move. Yes Kroger negotiated and you got your thugs to push through a new contract.
Why do you need a union in a grocery store???? I have friend whose son worked part time at Kroger and the union dues were outrageous. What did he get out of it?
Kroger will now raise prices to support this new contract.
I will not shop at Kroger. Wait until Kroger has to cut back. You just caused your fellow employees some of their jobs.
thats what people said 20yrs ago wake up
steve

United States

#26 Aug 3, 2010
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Barb, first of all, your post is just not borne out by fact but I will make you a guarentee: if you let WalMart know what price of theirs is higher than Kroger, that price will be lowered at WalMart so fast it will make your head spin. I personally do not shop at WalMart with any degree of reguarity but when I have, it is remarkable how much lower the prices are. Also, when I worked for a major consumer products manufacterer, WalMart always made the beat down on price to the point that we could not but products in the "company store" for any less than anyone can get at WalMart. Don't kid yourself, whether you like unions or don't, non-union shops can ALWAYS produce or offer a better product or service than a union shop at a lower cost. The time for unions has come and gone.
look here college guy IF U DONT PAY UR EMPLOYEES BUT 10 BUCKS A HOUR AN THEY SUCK OFF U FOR FREE HEALTH CARE AN FOODSTAMPS BECAUSE WHAT WALMART HAS TO OFFER THEM THEY CANT AFFORD OF COURSE UR GOING TO HAVE LOWER PRICES WHATS SO HARD ABOUT THAT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND SO EITHER WAY IT GOES UR PAYING FOR IT HALF OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT WALMAR STILL GET SOME SORT OF GOVERNMENT HELP SOME OF U PEOPLE NEED TO DO UR HOMEWORK
steve

United States

#27 Aug 3, 2010
Mobbarelli wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, if Krogers were smart, they'd cut their employees wages, benefits, and safety considerations ,and make them sign up for Medicare and WIc. Then, the savings can get passed along to all of us!
sounds good to me sure i will take a slash in benefits so u can save on ur food ha hahahahhahahah yea right
steve

United States

#28 Aug 3, 2010
Union Thugs Kill Jobs wrote:
Great job union thugs. The strike threat was a real dumb move. Yes Kroger negotiated and you got your thugs to push through a new contract.
Why do you need a union in a grocery store???? I have friend whose son worked part time at Kroger and the union dues were outrageous. What did he get out of it?
Kroger will now raise prices to support this new contract.
I will not shop at Kroger. Wait until Kroger has to cut back. You just caused your fellow employees some of their jobs.
well someone else who knows nothing about kroger employees i work in the warehouse i pay $ 48.00 a month let met think on this a minute i make around 60 grand a year an all i have to pay is 48 bucks a month for the union to have my back an get me a great contract thats chicken feed some of u people are a joke
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#29 Aug 3, 2010
zoom wrote:
I'm not a fan of unions and do not like their extortion. However, in the case of Wal Mart, some stores are unionized others are not.
The main reasons I shop at Kroger is:
1. Ohio based company and the profits come back to OHIO and pays OHIO taxes (Corporate)
2. I hate the long lines at Wal Mart
3. Kroger's meats and fresh foods are much better than Wal Mart. Kroger meats are Choice grade; Wal Mart is Select. Most Wal Marts don't have a butcher shop and you can't get better cuts of meats or fish.
Wal Mart is a lot cheaper on the drug store items, so, I end up there once a month for those items.
Walmart is much cheaper than Kroger, but they are an awful grocer. Walmart to me is not much better than going to Sav-a-lot.

Walmart is also cheaper than Meijer, but Meijer is cheaper than Kroger and it's a pretty good grocer. Plus, Meijer generally has pretty good store-brand items (the stuff with the Meijer and Giant Eagle label is generally the same Food Club goods Big Bear used to sell). I tend to do most of my shopping at Meijer for these reasons.

Going to a grocery store is like going to a restaurant. Price is always important, but so is taste. You can get away with not having the lowest price if you have a fair price and the best tasting stuff.
Cyndie

Columbus, OH

#30 Aug 4, 2010
John Blutarsky wrote:
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How much in gasoline are you spending to go to those more distant stores to save a few bucks?
Both stores are only 15 to 20 minute drive time for me. So I am not spending more in gas.
I do about all of my shopping in Marysville, Aldi's and Walmart. Then I shop at Mosiers IGA for my meats. I live in a small community North Lewisburg, so my drive time is minimal.
Laura

Hinesville, GA

#31 Sep 28, 2010
THE SOUTHEND wrote:
unions are what built AMERICA
unions are what destroyed AMERICA
And now unions are destroying American... Can't fire Union Teachers and soo many of them are bad, look at the Auto Industry that has been now bailed out by the Tax Payers. They should of let the Unions bailed them out!!! Lets look at Kroger that only hires people part time and you pay union dues for working 20 hrs a week and for min. wage. I say to America look up non union stores and support them!
PUBLIX Gro. is non union so I shop their!
Giantone

Baltimore, MD

#32 Sep 30, 2010
Most people who hate Unions doso becuase they could'nt get into one or got fired for not working and blame them.
According to Professor Harley Shaiken of the University of California-Berkeley,[1] unions are associated with higher productivity, lower employee turnover, improved workplace communication, and a better-trained workforce.

Prof. Shaiken is not alone. There is a substantial amount of academic literature on the following benefits of unions and unionization to employers and the economy:

Economic Growth
Productivity
Competitiveness
Product or service delivery and quality
Training
Turnover
Solvency of the firm
Workplace health and safety
Economic development
Economic Growth
During the period 1945-1973, when a high percentage of workers had unions, wages kept pace with rising productivity, prosperity was widely shared, and economic growth was strong. Since 1973, union density and collective bargaining have declined, causing real wages to stagnate despite rising productivity. This decline in union density and bargaining contributed to the current financial crisis and severe recession, as unsustainable asset appreciation and easy credit too the place of wage increases most workers were not getting

Productivity
According to a recent survey of 73 independent studies on unions and productivity:“The available evidence points to a positive and statistically significant association between unions and productivity in the U.S. manufacturing and education sectors, of around 10 and 7 percent, respectively.”

Some scholars have found an even larger positive relationship between unions and productivity. According to Brown and Medoff,“unionized establishments are about 22 percent more productive than those that are not."
employee underpaid

AOL

#33 Oct 2, 2010
Loves Walmart wrote:
Congratulations to the Kroger workers. You are the reason why food costs, on average, 30% more at Kroger than at Walmart and 15% more than at Giant Eagle. Kroger can spent millions trying to convince people that it has the lowest prices but anyone who has been to a Walmart Supercenter knows the truth. The difference in prices in just amazing.
Sorry you are misinformed about the pay we recieve,the majority of employees in our store are paid minn rage.Yes, Try to raise a family and put food on the table shopping anywhere.
Tired_of_morons

Evansville, IN

#34 Feb 6, 2011
So, Kroger employees don't deserve to feed their family, because you feel only teens should work there? Idiotic. Once upon a time Americans used to help each other succeed. Now, its all about driving your neighbors into bankruptcy.

Great, go to wal-mart, McDonald's, and Papa John's. Help support these companies who pay poverty level wages and demean human life. You may not think this effects you, but look at the rate poverty is increasing in this country. The sad thing is these companies make plenty of money, and they could pay their employees a respectable wage if Americans actually cared.

Yes, folks, its thank to you guys who refuse to stand up for what is morally right that the poverty rate is out of control. Its why 3 out of 7 customers that are checked out are on food stamps.

Who do you think is paying the price of low prices? Future generations. I truly hope our children will have decent paying jobs, and socially responsible employers. However, if this discussion is any indication its clear that this is not what Americans want.
Tony

Sterling Heights, MI

#35 Feb 7, 2011
Cyndie wrote:
<quoted text>
Both stores are only 15 to 20 minute drive time for me. So I am not spending more in gas.
I do about all of my shopping in Marysville, Aldi's and Walmart. Then I shop at Mosiers IGA for my meats. I live in a small community North Lewisburg, so my drive time is minimal.
Way to go Cyndie. Every store has something to offer. You have to plan your driving to avoid individual trips and get the bargains. I just shopped Randazzo's and picked up 10# of chicken at Kroger on the way home for $5.90.
P V Maro

Columbus, OH

#36 Mar 9, 2011
An economy is a two-way street. If we always look for the store with the lowest prices and those prices are because they pay the lowest wages - then how are their employees going to be able to buy enough to keep the economy going? Most people are both workers and consumers, and they have to earn enough so they can buy and keep the economy going. If we only think of getting the best deal for ourselves, how does that show any love of neighbor? I realize there are some people who simply have to buy the lowest priced items - they can't afford anything else - but if we can, we should look for locally owned or family owned stores or stores that pay their workers a good wage so they can in turn participate in the economy.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#37 Mar 9, 2011
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
And now unions are destroying American... Can't fire Union Teachers and soo many of them are bad, look at the Auto Industry that has been now bailed out by the Tax Payers. They should of let the Unions bailed them out!!! Lets look at Kroger that only hires people part time and you pay union dues for working 20 hrs a week and for min. wage. I say to America look up non union stores and support them!
PUBLIX Gro. is non union so I shop their!
LOL....idiot. Unions did bail them out they took cuts and the auto industry has paid back all of it's loans and still Union , can ya say that about AIG....no.
People like you are so ignorant it's funny.You want teachers to have master degrees and such, you want them to babysit you kids and pay them min wage,people like you want Police and Firemen and EMT and Nurses to save you life but to hell withem and pay the min wage,you want them all trained and Educated to the hilt but only the people on Wall Street are allowed to make millions....or get bailouts and still walkaway with million in bonus money, and haven't paid the loans back yet!!!

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#38 Mar 9, 2011
THE SOUTHEND wrote:
unions are what built AMERICA
unions are what destroyed AMERICA
Wall Street and the Republicains are what destryed America!
Kroger Employee

United States

#39 Jul 25, 2011
steve wrote:
<quoted text>Who cares just keep going to walmart the place that pays peanuts to their employees compared to kroger dummy look that up pay retirement health care are 10xs better at kroger thats a fact if u dont pay ur people very well of course u will have lower prices an kroger still kicks walmarts butt when it comes to the grocery side of things because the average joe doesnt like the idea of dealing with that crappy parking an walking 2 miles around a store to buy food
I have to correct you on a blatantly false statement.

Wal-Mart pays WAY more than Kroger.

I'll give examples.

A friend of mine, with ZERO experience as a cashier, received a job paying 9 dollars an hour, people with experience made as much as 10/hr

I was a supervisor, I made 11.30

At wal-mart, I was AVERAGING 38 hours a week. AVERAGING! Sometimes I'd get overtime.

Me and a couple of others were laid off from wal-mart and went to kroger because we bought into the whole "union jobs pay more" fallacy. Kroger didn't tell us what we'd make, just simply told us that "the union negotiates your pay based on your experience" I had 4 years of experience as a cashier, my friend, she had 2. We BOTH started off at 7.25 AKA minimum wage - as cashiers.

I was promoted to supervisor in 3 months, guess what? NO RAISE! Then their 6 month raises are only 5 cents an hour! 10 cents per hour per YEAR! Wal-mart gives you a MINIMUM of .40 cents raise per year.

Kroger CRAPS ON their employees in terms of pay! The union does NOTHING for us!

Kroger pay is CRAP, Wal-mart's is worlds apart!

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#40 Jul 28, 2011
Dear Kroger employee,

Take it somewhere else ......walmart doesn't pay that high .First year employees never make the same money full time Union memebers make ........try again with the truth.
Kroger employee

United States

#41 Aug 6, 2011
Giantone wrote:
Dear Kroger employee,
Take it somewhere else ......walmart doesn't pay that high .First year employees never make the same money full time Union memebers make ........try again with the truth.
Whether you want to believe it or not, that is the truth.
I think I'm qualified to make that statement considering the fact that I ummmm...
WORKED AT BOTH PLACES!
As a supervisor I have seen rates of pay of cashiers and they DO make more at walmart.
Sorry, facts remains that walmart pays more than kroger and their minimum wage cashier position

Since: Feb 10

United States

#42 Aug 6, 2011
hey good news, even private sector unions are smart enough to see whats in the future.

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