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Kroger to Slash Hourly Workers to Avoid Obamacare Penalties
Flopping Aces ^ | 11/4/2012 | Doug Ross

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 Kroger’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhoeconomy; bholayoffs; bhomcjobs; democrathealthcare; democrats; economy; elections; forwardtohell; fuobamavoters; hopeychangey2; jobs; layoffs; mcjobs; obama; obamacare; socialisthealthcare
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1 posted on 11/12/2012 12:05:50 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

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.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 12:07:40 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: tobyhill

Ooops, my teen son works there.


3 posted on 11/12/2012 12:07:52 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: tobyhill

I’m predicting about 15% unemployment in one year.


4 posted on 11/12/2012 12:08:40 PM PST by GoodDay
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To: tobyhill

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.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 12:10:18 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: tobyhill
Operative Faith reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Durden Restaurants

DARDEN restaurants.

Tyler Durden = Fight Club.

Darden Restaurants = Red Lobster

6 posted on 11/12/2012 12:10:53 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: tobyhill

I think MOST retail-level and fast food companies will be doin this.

Call it Obama’s Job Sharing Plan


7 posted on 11/12/2012 12:11:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill

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.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 12:12:09 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: tobyhill

I give it six months and they will remove the hourly requirement and it will be based on the number of employees only.


9 posted on 11/12/2012 12:12:39 PM PST by opticks
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To: tobyhill

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.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:06 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: tobyhill
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.

DUrden is RACISS!!!!

11 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:06 PM PST by subterfuge (************ Believe Barry Obama's Propaganda At Your Own Peril **************)
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To: tobyhill

Baraq’s “new normal”

Work two 20 hr/week jobs @ sub $10/hr wages.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:17 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: forgotten man
Most Kroger employees are Obama supporters.

President Obama: Health Reform Town Hall at Kroger in Virginia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4b-9tDyYGE

13 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:25 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

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.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:50 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: tobyhill
One day you work there and another somewhere else. Stupid is spelled Dumbacrat.
15 posted on 11/12/2012 12:13:55 PM PST by Domangart
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To: tobyhill

Damned 1%ers!

The 51% too!


16 posted on 11/12/2012 12:14:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tobyhill

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.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 12:14:03 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: tobyhill

Elections have consequences, Obama voters


18 posted on 11/12/2012 12:14:12 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: tobyhill

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.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 12:14:54 PM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: nascarnation

...or create swelling armies of p*ssed off employees and then spring Card Check and unionization on them.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 12:15:08 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: tobyhill

Here in Indiana, Kroger employees are unionized, so no surprise they are Baraqqis.


21 posted on 11/12/2012 12:15:13 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: AppyPappy

every job becomes 2 jobs!!

No more unemployment!!

Obama rules. lolz.
/sarc


22 posted on 11/12/2012 12:15:33 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rarestia

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.


23 posted on 11/12/2012 12:15:58 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tobyhill

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.


24 posted on 11/12/2012 12:16:31 PM PST by RonF
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’m still amazed that national card check didn’t pass when Baraq had control of the House in 09/10.


25 posted on 11/12/2012 12:16:45 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: GoodDay

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.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 12:16:56 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: opticks

bump

look on the bright side. No unemployment when everyone gets a half a job.


27 posted on 11/12/2012 12:17:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill

It’s like when Hawaii mandated employer provided health insurance for all full timers. Suddenly 40hr/week jobs became two 20hr/week jobs.


28 posted on 11/12/2012 12:18:11 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: GoodDay

“i
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.


29 posted on 11/12/2012 12:19:59 PM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Liberalism is a mental disease.)
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To: GoodDay
I’m predicting about 15% unemployment in one year.

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????

30 posted on 11/12/2012 12:20:12 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: tobyhill

I shop at Kroger’s.

Worthless employees here, but it’s the town. Not much choice.


31 posted on 11/12/2012 12:21:12 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SWEETSUNNYSOUTH

yep, everyone gets half a job and no more unemployment

Ohio just cut food stamps $50 a month


32 posted on 11/12/2012 12:21:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill

lol ...thats how walmart does it.


33 posted on 11/12/2012 12:22:50 PM PST by dalebert
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To: tobyhill

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.


34 posted on 11/12/2012 12:24:03 PM PST by Toespi
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To: tobyhill

Eat your peas. - B.H.Obama


35 posted on 11/12/2012 12:24:12 PM PST by februus
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To: tobyhill

Can’t blame them for reducing to 28 hours. American voters are to blame with their willingness to reelect the hardest communists black Muslim.


36 posted on 11/12/2012 12:24:12 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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.


37 posted on 11/12/2012 12:24:34 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Vendome

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.


38 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:33 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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.


39 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:45 PM PST by milemark (Wait 'till they get a load of my binders...)
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To: GoodDay

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.


40 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by memyselfandi59
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To: GeronL

Lots of Kroger stores in Ohio. And yes, they are unionized.


41 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by Faith
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To: GeronL

“every job becomes 2 jobs!!”

Any the unions get twice as many members, hence, twice as many dues-paying members!


42 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: jsanders2001

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!


43 posted on 11/12/2012 12:25:59 PM PST by Conserev1
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To: Toespi

Agree.
We buy our groceries at WalMart and meats at a butcher shop.


44 posted on 11/12/2012 12:26:28 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: onyx
I avoid Kroger. I live in a predominately white neighborhood but they put a DART bus station right by the local Kroger and now the only employees are black and they treat anyone who shops there like crap. The problem is that the Management could care less so I quit shopping there.
45 posted on 11/12/2012 12:28:21 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Aaahhhh, the unintended consequences of gubermint meddling. They’ll NEVER learn.

“...and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” - RReagan


46 posted on 11/12/2012 12:28:57 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: tobyhill
If full-time workers cost the company a lot of money (Obamacare) then companies will desire fewer full-time workers.
We see this happening before our eyes.

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.

47 posted on 11/12/2012 12:29:37 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: tobyhill

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.
Michelle Obama
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/michelle_obama.html#TT1qI27UCwovXAq5.99


48 posted on 11/12/2012 12:29:48 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: subterfuge

Kroger employees are union whores and deserve this in spades.


49 posted on 11/12/2012 12:30:11 PM PST by sarge83
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To: napscoordinator

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.


50 posted on 11/12/2012 12:30:31 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture tm)
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