Skip to comments.Kroger to Slash Hourly Workers to Avoid Obamacare Penalties
Posted on 11/12/2012 12:05:46 PM PST by tobyhill
Operative Faith reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Durden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties.
To give you a sense of Krogers size and importance, its sales last year were $90 billion and it employs nearly 350,000 people. Most of its jobs are hourly and the vast majority of workers are neither millionaires or billionaires.
Faith is a mid-level manager at Kroger and reports the dire news:
Last week we found out that, beginning in January, any employee who is not full-time at that point,will be limited to 28 hours per week and all new hires will be subject to the same policy.
Currently, part-time employees can work as many hours as needed.
Many Kroger employees, I believe, will be shocked to find out about this new policy.
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Kroger? Goodness it has been 30 years since I shopped there. I just hope Wagman’s are able to keep the exact way they operate. Wagman’s is one of the top grocery stores in the United States and maybe the world.
Ooops, my teen son works there.
I’m predicting about 15% unemployment in one year.
I feel sorry for the employees who did not vote for 0bama. If they voted for 0bama they got what they asked for. Elections have consequences. 0bama won and you lost.
Tyler Durden = Fight Club.
Darden Restaurants = Red Lobster
I think MOST retail-level and fast food companies will be doin this.
Call it Obama’s Job Sharing Plan
Obama announces new one (1) minimum hour per week meets requirement for Obamacare objective: any employees working less than one hour per week will incur a 250K fine per occurrence - decree issued by His Majesty, Obama II.
I give it six months and they will remove the hourly requirement and it will be based on the number of employees only.
Fly in the ointment here is that they will need to nearly double the number of part-time employees on the payroll in order to cover all their shifts. And as it is, you can barely find enough people at those wages with some semblance of a work ethic to fill those shifts now.
It will backfire on them, even before Obama and Sebelius do the Public Villification Dance on them.
DUrden is RACISS!!!!
Baraq’s “new normal”
Work two 20 hr/week jobs @ sub $10/hr wages.
President Obama: Health Reform Town Hall at Kroger in Virginia
Oh goody. Elections and unread laws do have consequences.
The new norm: Two part time jobs per person. Or three IF they step up their boycotts. Just keep cutting their hours. Until they beg to make it just stop and cry Uncle.
The 51% too!
I’m starting to get a real case of schadenfreude. Everytime I hear some Obama demograhic is getting less (-$50 in Ohio Food Stamps), laid off, hours reduced I can’t help thinking, well there you go. It’s going to be a lot more serious when people can’t get medical attention after ObamaCare goes into effect.
Elections have consequences, Obama voters
Well, well...the first term was the ‘hope’( as in hope it doesn’t get worse. And the second is ‘change’( as in everything in your life, starting with your income). Hope all the Husseinatics enjoy their ‘change’- it’s what they’ll be living on. Get begging cup and choose your corner.
...or create swelling armies of p*ssed off employees and then spring Card Check and unionization on them.
Here in Indiana, Kroger employees are unionized, so no surprise they are Baraqqis.
every job becomes 2 jobs!!
No more unemployment!!
Obama rules. lolz.
I have no doubt that is part of the argument by the union employees here at one of our grocers “Nob Hill”.
They see the writing on the wall and are demanding minimum hours and a few other tidbits.
They are getting out ahead of this.
This is no accident, folks. This was planned. This is how we get to government-run single-payer health insurance - by making it too expensive for private businesses to provide insurance to their employees.
I’m still amazed that national card check didn’t pass when Baraq had control of the House in 09/10.
We’re already there. Obamacare will bring about the complete destruction of the economy and cause them to collapse ushering in nationalized industries. Obamacare is turning out to be the most destructive and invasive legislation that has ever been passed. The ONLY way he’s going to be impeached is when the Left turn on him next year when their paychecks are suddenly much much lighter. Idiots. After we remove 0 we need to hike the voting age or make them take a common sense test.
look on the bright side. No unemployment when everyone gets a half a job.
It’s like when Hawaii mandated employer provided health insurance for all full timers. Suddenly 40hr/week jobs became two 20hr/week jobs.
I’m predicting about 15% employment in one year.
I’m predicting 15% additional unemployment in one year than the real 15% we currently have. In Kroger’s defence (and all others) business has to do whatever it takes to survive.
Actually, this will make unemployment go down. Under the new rules, you will need 3 employees to do the work of 2. The bad news is that the pay the two are now earning will have to be redistributed to cover the third worker. Share the wealth...see how it works????
I shop at Kroger’s.
Worthless employees here, but it’s the town. Not much choice.
yep, everyone gets half a job and no more unemployment
Ohio just cut food stamps $50 a month
lol ...thats how walmart does it.
This is crap. A friend of mine works as a cashier at Kroger in Columbus, Oh. She received mail and brochures prior to the election, not only from the unions but from Kroger, urging her to vote for Obama. She showed it to me and I decided I will never shop there again.
Eat your peas. - B.H.Obama
Can’t blame them for reducing to 28 hours. American voters are to blame with their willingness to reelect the hardest communists black Muslim.
Yes. Only his plan is going to backfire big time on him and I’m going to tell you why. Only the young idiots that voted for him will have any jobs because no one else ill be able to survive on part time wages so they will have to live at home with their parents until 0 has dumped out all of of their parent’s savings to live on. Then the parents will be forced to kick the idiot liberals to the curb who will then have to live on the streets, quickly realizing what an idiot and fool they were, and understand why socialism is a cancerous government thus converting them into full fledged conservatives. It won’t take long.
Funny thing is that any company that uses union labor is going to go down first since they’ll never be able to make the unions happy AND adhere to the Obamacare regulations.
It’s fun watching demolition.
They may just make do with fewer employees then. All Kroger stores around here(Metro Detroit Area) have self-checkout lanes and maybe 2 cashiers. Another chain, Meyers has three times as many self-checkout lanes as Kroger already. More chain stores and even independents will probably use self-checkout lanes. These can also be modified for other retail businesses. I’ve seen them at Home Depot or Lowes, can’t recall which.
Higher unemployment probably will not happen, in fact the insidious part is that unemployment will more than likely go down. Because they count part time jobs as jobs, and that Kroger employee who is part time but has been able to work extra hours means there’s work to be done. So Kroger will hire another part timer to do the rest of the work...and we’ll see unemployment go down due to more part time workers.
Lots of Kroger stores in Ohio. And yes, they are unionized.
“every job becomes 2 jobs!!”
Any the unions get twice as many members, hence, twice as many dues-paying members!
This is one way to redistribute the wealth.
All employees will make the same and all will be on the same level. As one said 1 job becomes 2 and ACA is circumvented.
In turn you have low salaries and a fine to the Gov if you do not provide health ins for your self. Looks to be a penalty for those who are productive and want their family to prosper.
What a great plan!
And believe if the Dems would have read the ACA there would be no loop hole!
2k for new employees, simple there are none!
It’s the new America. Get used to it!
We buy our groceries at WalMart and meats at a butcher shop.
Aaahhhh, the unintended consequences of gubermint meddling. They’ll NEVER learn.
“...and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” - RReagan
If women will perform the same work that a man does, for only 73 cents where a man is paid $1, then companies will fire male workers and staff up with as many women as possible.
I don't see this happening anywhere.
QED: The whole "73 cents" thing that feminists push is a bunch of baloney. Companies WILL make decisions that benefit their bottomline. Companies WILL emphasize part-time workers to avoid Obamacare. But the "underpaid woman" thing is a myth.
The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/michelle_obama.html#TT1qI27UCwovXAq5.99
Kroger employees are union whores and deserve this in spades.
Kroger is huge now with many subsidiaries and over 3,500 stores. Fred Meyer, here in the PNW, buys more newspaper advertising than anyone else.