KROGER and Kohl’s have announced the creation of thousands of new jobs to improve the in-store shopping experience ahead of the holiday season.
Many employers are forced to hire thousands of seasonal workers to work during peak hours.
Kohl’s is also currently hiring at its 1,100 stores, warehouses and delivery departments.
It includes 4,000 seasonal workers across North Texas alone.
They want to fill 4,000 positions spread across the company’s Dallas, Corsicana and DeSoto locations.
The jobs offer flexible schedules, weekly paychecks and employee discounts of up to 35 percent.
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Kroger also plans to hire thousands more employees for the holiday season.
Positions range from part-time to full-time and also offer employee discounts.
The new jobs come as Kroger in Columbus, Ohio and North Texas is locked in an uphill battle with its workers, who say they are exhausted and overworked from handling clients during the Covid shutdown.
The union workers at the grocery store declined their offer to increase their wages by $1.80 an hour over three years, raising their starting wage to $14.25.
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The standard Columbus grocery store employer starts at $11.39 per hour.
The United Food and Commercial Workers voted against the contract offer and sanctioned a strike.
Of an estimated 7,000 members who voted recently, 55 percent opposed the deal and 81 percent approved a strike, the union said.
Sixty-seven percent of the votes of the voting members are required to authorize a strike.
With immediate effect, the employees were instructed to continue working.
An anonymous employee told Columbus Dispatch: “We were forced to work during the peak of the pandemic surrounded by angry, justified, sometimes violent customers; Customers who are sick with COVID to get their tests and cough drops at home.”
Hoping to keep their employees during the busy season, Krogers and Kohl may not be able to turn down the benefits on offer.
Kroger offers discounts on groceries, streaming services and travel, as well as health and social benefits, next-day pay and tuition reimbursements of up to $21,000.
“At Kroger, we want to do what’s right for our employees, get more money in their paychecks, continue to provide industry-leading healthcare benefits, and balance that investment with maintaining affordable groceries,” said Dana Zurcher, president of Kroger’s Columbus Division, in a statement .
Hannah Halbert, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio and Columbus think tank, said, “When workers have what they need to do the basics to meet their basic needs, they will be more productive and there will be less turnover.”
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Sam Silverstein, who is in charge of the food industry, said: “Anything Kroger does people is going to notice.
“For food workers, this was a time to say, ‘We run the stores you shop in and make sure you’re aware of our needs, too.'”
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