Supermarket chain The Kroger Co (Koger)’s Dallas division associates have reached a new labour agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1000. 

Kroger operates 109 retail food stores in the Dallas Division and the associates that supported the agreement are working at 98 stores in the division. 

The contract covers more than 11,000 associates. 

Kroger chief people officer senior vice-president Tim Massa said: “Across the Kroger family of companies, we are proud that by the end of 2020 we will have increased our associate wage investments by approximately $800m—$300m more than we had originally planned as part of our Restock Kroger initiative.  

“Kroger in Dallas is one of the numerous markets across the country that is rewarding and recognising associates for their hard work with wage increases.” 

As part of the improved agreement, pay for all associates are increased and Kroger Health benefits have been enhanced including lesser associate contributions and deductibles, bonuses and retroactive pay. 

Kroger Dallas division president Adam Wampler said: “We are pleased to reach an agreement that benefits our associates, including significant wage increases and enhanced Kroger-sponsored health care.  

“I appreciate our associates for supporting this agreement and continuing to provide uplifting service to our customers each and every day.” 

In May, Kroger announced a special Thank You Pay for its associates in recognition of their efforts and dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic.