Survey of Kroger workers reveals economic hardship, food insecurity

Almost two-thirds of Kroger workers don’t make enough money to pay for basic expenses each month, and some are food insecure, according to a survey released Tuesday of the company’s retail workers in three states.

The Economic Roundtable survey is the largest independent survey ever of retail workers in United States, according to the organization, a nonprofit research group. It was requested by four United Food and Commercial Workers unions.

Kroger is the largest grocery chain in United States, including King Sooper, Fred Meyer and QFC.

Three regions with 36,795 timetables Kroger workers were interviewed: Puget Sound region of Washington state, the state of Colorado, and Southern california. Completed surveys were received from 10,287 workers, representing a response rate of 28%.

Among workers who said they could not afford basic necessities, 44% were unable to pay their rent and 39% said they could not pay for groceries. Fourteen percent of respondents reported being homeless now or in the past year.

Kroger “Fails to use its abundant food resources to meet the basic needs of its frontline workers,” the economic roundtable said.

Seventy-three percent of Kroger workers said they are not paid fairly for their experience and the work they do.

Krogerthe annual turnover of its increased by 8% in 2021, to reach 132 billion dollars, BuzzFeed news reported, with top executives being paid $ 5 million or more each in 2020. CEO Rodney McMullen won $ 22 million.

Meanwhile, salary negotiations between Kroger/ King’s Snoopers and a union representing company workers in Colorado stalled and could lead to a strike from Wednesday.

From January 1st, the minimum wage in Colorado was raised to $ 12.56 from $ 12.32.

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