Thursday, October 14, 2004

Time Off

If you've been following the news, Kroger workers are set to strike unless the union and management come up with a miracle. Kroger stock is down and I can understand pressure to cut costs but the proposed cutbacks essentially eliminate any real reason to work there. Many employees only got jobs at Kroger to pay for their medication (not out of wages, which would be impossible) through the health benefits. I know a 67-year old retired banker who works in the deli so that her dying husband can receive medical attention. She's not in the least bit worried about wages. Naturally, management posted this on their web page (click on news and updates).

I hope this is resolved quickly but most of the workers I've talked to seem to think it could last a while.

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