The recent contract settlement agreement with Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway, & QFC provided for Journeyperson wage increases at the start of the new contract, which for some contracts that were already expired, meant retroactive pay. Your union and the company’s labor relations representatives expected that the companies would implement the raises and retro checks within approximately 30 days of ratification. Unfortunately that will not necessarily be the case for all contracts.
Your Union Leadership has been in frequent contact with your employer’s Labor Relations representatives over the last couple weeks to determine why there was a delay in implementation, and have been able to receive the following information:
Fred Meyer & QFC Members:
Kroger payroll opted to process all of the retro contracts at the same time, regardless of ratification date. That, along with the fact that retro for most contracts was recorded in two different payroll systems, caused a bit of a delay. Here is the timeline had been put together by Kroger payroll and finally sent to Fred Meyer Labor Relations this week:
- June 30th – members will see their new rates on the check they receive this day.
- June 29th – July 18th – figure all retro owed up until June 18th.
- July 21st – the associates will see the retro included on the paycheck they receive this day.
Albertsons & Safeway Members:
Your employers are concerned about making sure the increase and retro is implemented correctly, so they have spent extra time to try and make sure they don’t have payroll errors similar to what many of you may have experienced at some point over the last year. Albertsons/Safeway Labor Relations has informed us that while they expect to have the raises and retro pay worked out in the next couple weeks, they do not have a set date from payroll yet.
Your Union will continue to stay on top of this issue and make sure each member entitled to a raise and retro check receives it as soon as possible, and that the raises and retro checks are correct.