The good news: Giant last week announced a one-time “appreciation” bonus for grocery workers. The bad news:
Giant has refused to even open negotiations over hazard pay with its worker’s union. Meanwhile, Stop & Shop, which is owned by the same parent company, has not only agreed to open negotiations on a hazard pay deal, the company and the union just agreed to provide retroactive premium pay to all store associates. UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici, together with President Jason Chorpenning of UFCW Local 27 in Baltimore, sent a letter to Giant president Ira Kress to “express our complete disgust” with Giant’s refusal to negotiate. Read more here.