A Multi-State Survey of Kroger Grocery Store Employees

A multi-state survey of Kroger Grocery Store Employees has been was conducted by researchers at the Economic Roundtable and Occidental College. The independent research report is data-based evidence of Kroger’s treatment of workers, workplace conditions, impacts on workers’ lives, and company profits. Kroger must address report findings and do better! The report can be downloaded at: https://economicrt.org/publication/hungry-at-the-table/ 

Key findings from the report on wage impacts, food insecurity, housing and homelessness, working conditions, and COVID impacts, include:

  • WAGE IMPACTS
    • The real value of worker wages has declined 6% since 2010. 90% of Kroger workers report that food and rent increases have far exceeded pay increases.
    • 67% of Kroger workers say they do not earn enough money to pay for basic expenses every month. 29% are below or near the federal poverty level.
  • FOOD INSECURITY
    • 78% of the workers report they are food insecure.  They run out of food before the end of the month, skip meals and are hungry sometimes.
    • 85% of single parents who work for Kroger are food insecure.
    • Very low food security is a predictor of homelessness. 27% of Kroger workers with very low food security are, or recently have been, homeless.
  • HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
    • 44% are unable to pay for rent and 36% worry about eviction.
    • 14% are homeless now or have been in the past year. Even 9% of full-time workers have been homeless.
    • 44% live in inadequate housing (overcrowded quarters, autos, etc.).
  • WORKING CONDITIONS
    • 67% of the workers report that Kroger has increased their workload and 75% say they can’t complete all of assigned tasks.
    • Over 58% have work schedules that change at least every week and 30% of the workers with young children are negatively impacted.
  • COVID IMPACTS
    • Over 67% reported COVID-related customer issues, 25% were confronted by customers who threatened violence.
    • Store managers did not support workers in 57% of cases where workers were confronted by abusive or violent customers.
    • 45% of the workers report manager favoritism and 33% report managers retaliating against those who question or complain.