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Old 08-20-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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Hi, I live in Seattle and am planning on moving somewhere in New England. I work for a Kroger owned grocery store here in Seattle. I am in the union and make pretty good money for a cashier. ($19). Iím not sure where to go in New England, but wherever I go I want to transfer to another Kroger owned store that also has a union, so that I can keep my pay and seniority. Has anyone worked in any of the Kroger owned stores anywhere there? Iím just starting out and donít plan on moving for a few years at least.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:58 AM
 
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Hi, I live in Seattle and am planning on moving somewhere in New England. I work for a Kroger owned grocery store here in Seattle. I am in the union and make pretty good money for a cashier. ($19). Iím not sure where to go in New England, but wherever I go I want to transfer to another Kroger owned store that also has a union, so that I can keep my pay and seniority. Has anyone worked in any of the Kroger owned stores anywhere there? Iím just starting out and donít plan on moving for a few years at least.
no retail grocery unions are in maine- that i know of

no krogers in maine (unless they buy shaws)

maine has different payscales-

You could try contacting hannaford, shaws, walmart, sams club, whole foods, trader joes, and ask them about payscales- good luck

Many years ago, hannaford made a policy of no solicitations- like the salvation army folks- but i think it was a policy to defer any union folks for solicitating, or taking a quick vote in a crowd of employees

the grocery stores up this way dont want unions- we dont have the population centers for high volume stores to support unions, like other states
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:39 AM
 
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I have worked or been forced to work at places with unions and it is my humble opinion that they suck. I work hard but the guy next to me doesn't.....yet we both make the same pay.....where's the incentive to work hard?
No offense meant, just my slant on it.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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I have worked or been forced to work at places with unions and it is my humble opinion that they suck. I work hard but the guy next to me doesn't.....yet we both make the same pay.....where's the incentive to work hard?
No offense meant, just my slant on it.
None taken.

This is true. But on the flip side, out here you can't be fired or disciplined without the unions involvement.

For instance... We had a new boss come into my store and within months the store was in disarray. She blamed all of the other employees and excuses herself. This made the tension and working conditions horrible to say the least. Over the course of 2 years, she had set up certain employees, myself included to be fired. When my time came, she fired me... I fought back with the help of the union and got my job back for being wrongfully dismissed. She fired another employee who also fought back and got their job back. Without the union we would have been unemployed. The union made them give us our jobs back, with full benefits, full seniority and our journeyman pay($19).


In the end there was a investigation by the union and she was found to have orchestrated the firings and was herself terminated. The last I heard she was working for $12 per hour at Target down from 150K per year.
It was SWEET justice. Without the union it wouldn’t have happened. I’ll never work another non union job.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Maine is a poor state and groceries are already expensive. We can't afford grocery stores with $19/hr cashiers. That's more than many jobs requiring much more skill pay in the state of Maine.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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I'm nowhere near a Maine expert, but I can't imagine grocery unions doing well there. It seems like that would be something that would just drive the cost of living up, which the local economies wouldn't be able to support. Where I live in NY we used to have one grocery store chain that was unionized. It has since gone out of business. A non-unionized chain seems to be doing very well in it's old building. Maybe you would have some luck finding something in Massachusetts?
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Grocery unions suck! Here in California, they have authorized a strike for the 3 major chains (Ralph's, Vons and Albertson's) because the grocers want to raise the weekly insurance premium for a family from $15 to $23 per week. This is just insane. In this tough economy with so many people out of work, this makes no sense. They did this here in 2004 for over 4 months...The best thing about it was I discovered shopping at Trader Joe's and now save a lot of money on groceries.

As someone else mentioned, there are not many unskilled jobs in Maine (which grocery workers are), that pay anywhere close to $19 per hour.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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The short answer is that there aren't any Kroger supermarkets anywhere in NE, so transferring here and staying with that company isn't really possible.

But I'm glad some people got to chime in and and take their shots at unions in the process.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Hi, I live in Seattle and am planning on moving somewhere in New England. I work for a Kroger owned grocery store here in Seattle. I am in the union and make pretty good money for a cashier. ($19). Iím not sure where to go in New England, but wherever I go I want to transfer to another Kroger owned store that also has a union, so that I can keep my pay and seniority. Has anyone worked in any of the Kroger owned stores anywhere there? Iím just starting out and donít plan on moving for a few years at least.

Check out Shaw's it is a chain with a union throughout New England.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:59 AM
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I'm with you that some boss' are really bad, and unions are needed to provide the balance.
I don't think you will see those types of wages here, but then again, you will not see the cost of living here.
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