CINCINNATI, Ohio (LifeSiteNews) — The Kroger grocer chain plans to punish employees who reject COVID jabs in the new year.
The grocery chain, which also operates stores under other names, including King Sooper’s and Mariano’s, has announced that staff who have chosen not to get jabbed will have to pay an extra $50 per month in health insurance costs and, if they contract COVID, will lose extra paid time off.
“The $50 surcharge goes into effect Jan. 1 and applies to salaried associates enrolled in a company health plan,” USA Today reported.
“The extra expense would cost an employee $600 per year,” it continued.
“Also starting Jan. 1, unvaccinated employees [who] get sick from COVID-19 will still be able to take their earned paid-time-off or be allowed to apply for unpaid leave but won’t get [the] extra paid-time-off Kroger [has] implemented since the start of the pandemic,” USA Today reported.
It’s a departure from the beginning of the shutdowns when the workers were hailed as heroes. “We are proud of our amazing staff who has been working hard to keep our neighborhoods fed,” one manager at a Kroger-owned store in Colorado said in April 2020.
The dangerous ideas of Critical Race Theory (CRT) are being forced on students in public schools around the country.
This is wrong and parents have had enough! It's time to join them in saying "STOP!" to this harmful and racist propaganda.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which says "No to CRT" in public schools, and "Yes to parents' right" to strongly protest CRT.
But, what is CRT anyway and why is it so dangerous?
Critical Race Theory is a hateful system of indoctrination which teaches that one race is either superior or inferior to another race, and that the United States is inherently racist.
CRT is dangerous and hateful precisely because it teaches children who are not white to despise and envy white children simply because of their skin color. And, as a result, it also teaches white children to despise themselves simply because of the color of their skin.
CRT also erroneously teaches that American society is inherently racist, and that different, detrimental policies (like reparations for slavery and race-based pay scales) should be imposed on the population to redistribute wealth from whites to non-whites.
This type of racist/marxist propaganda should have NO place in public, taxpayer-funded schools!
And, thankfully, American parents of EVERY COLOR are raising their voices and ballots against it!
Indeed, parents understand the destructive ramifications of CRT and, despite outrageous threats from Biden's Justice Department to prosecute them, they have been strongly protesting CRT at school board meetings across the country!
And now, in the first test of its kind, a candidate who was campaigning hard against CRT just won the governorship of Virginia in a huge upset victory.
That's great news, but we now need to contact every state legislature about this crucial educational issue.
And, we need to DEMAND that they BAN Critical Race Theory from every public school in their states - both primary and high schools, and colleges!
Whereas advocates of CRT seem more intent on vengence than on teaching children of every race to respect everybody, regardless of skin color, American parents of every race understand that it is not the color of one's skin that matters, but the content of one's character (to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking all state legislatures to BAN Crititical Race Theory from public schools in their respective states.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'States are fighting the Left over the morally bankrupt critical race theory' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/states-are-fighting-the-left-over-the-morally-bankrupt-critical-race-theory/
'Parents who oppose Critical Race Theory in schools could be prosecuted by FBI' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/attorney-general-tasks-fbi-to-move-against-parents-protesting-leftist-agenda-in-schools/
Ohio parents testify: Yes, critical race theory is in our schools, and we say NO! - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/ohio-parents-testify-yes-critical-race-theory-is-in-our-schools-and-we-say-no
An excellent Heritage Foundation document on CRT: Critical Race Theory Would Not Solve Racial Inequality: It Would Deepen It
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The company paid out a “hero bonus” in March 2020 to its workers. The company saw a 30% increase in sales at the beginning of the lockdown, as people stocked up on groceries and toiletries.
“We are so proud of our dedicated associates who are on the front lines serving our customers when they need us most,” CEO Rodney McMullen said at the time. “A huge thank you to all of our associates, whose efforts are nothing short of heroic.”
He made similar comments when the company announced its bonus.
“Our associates are working around the clock to keep our stores open for our customers. I am incredibly grateful for all they are doing,” McMullen said, according to Supermarket News.
“The true heroes in this story are our associates, and we want to provide them with additional resources and support to help them continue their remarkable effort.”
The company meanwhile has profited quite well from the pandemic, as it has conducted COVID testing and injected people with the shots.
Its operating profits have grown from $537 million for the last fiscal quarter of 2019 to $868 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021.
“Kroger Health administered more than 5 million COVID-19 vaccines to date, including customers and associates,” the company announced in a June 17 summary. Pharmacies get paid approximately $40 per COVID shot.
This represents at least $200 million revenue for a process that takes just seconds and uses employees Kroger already has for its pharmacy.
Its stock price has also increased 52 percent from the beginning of 2020 until December 13, 2021.
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