END UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES AND DISCRIMINATION AT KROGER
  • Petitioned David B. Dillon

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CEO of Kroger
David B. Dillon

END UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES AND DISCRIMINATION AT KROGER

    1. Doug Wamer
    2. Petition by

      Doug Wamer

      Springfield, OH

Tell the billion dollar Kroger Corporation that hostile work environments and unfair labor practices are not welcome in American communities!  Kroger has been charging targeted employees with trumped up charges of “misconduct” in an effort to suspend and remove employees from their stores.  After suspension, employees are forced to wait for up to four months until union arbitration is possible.  When the arbitration period comes near, Kroger will often times back off and offer the employee an opportunity to return to work (with a demotion or large cut in pay) so that they are not forced to assume the expense of paying for arbitration.  In the meantime,  many of these employees have been forced into bankruptcy and/or lost their homes.  Even though the employee is only supposed to be suspended pending investigation, Kroger will contest providing the employee with unemployment forcing families into near starvation. 

Kroger is at the forefront of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees and many of the heightened applications of their unfair labor practices are being applied toward these individuals who have relatively little or no protection under federal law.  A quick search on Google for  “kroger +gay discrimination” will return a multitude of pages on this topic. 

Kroger also lost a court case involving discrimination against black employees in which they were forced to pay a 16 million dollar settlement.  Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins and Childs, a Washington DC law firm,  represented the employees in this case and asserts Kroger routinely subjected black employees to discriminatory selection and promotion procedures.

You can help employees have better supervisors and work for better companies by bringing these unfair labor practice into the public spotlight and by choosing not to support their labor practices.  If there is a Kroger store in your neighborhood, please consider shopping at a chain or an independently owned store that is not owned by Kroger.

The worst thing that can happen is when someone doesn’t speak up for what is right.  Please help make a difference by signing this petition to end unfair labor practices and discrimination so that Kroger employees are not forced out of their homes and onto the streets.

To:
David B. Dillon, CEO of Kroger
Please take a moment to review what may be happening in your own community when a friend or loved one works for the Kroger Corporation. Please sign this petition to end unfair labor practices and stop discrimination at Kroger.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Doug Wamer
      Petition Organizer

      For everyone that has signed this petition so far, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Without people like you this world would be a pretty sad place and I don't want you to go to bed tonight thinking that you can't make a difference in someone's life because we definitely have to learn to help each other! Thank you.

    3. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Estil Rumage OWENSBORO, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      I worked at the Kroger #770 for close to six years and had been nothing but a model employee the whole time. I never hesitated for a second to bend over backwards to help any customer or teammate in any way I could. A year ago, I told Kroger I needed a 8 week leave of absence to care for my wife during her heart surgery/recovery (she is severely disabled both emotionally and physically) so I can devote my whole attention to her.

      However, less than three weeks before the leave of absence was to begin, I was deliberately set up by an assistant manager who (as I later realized) had it in for me for quite some time. Our store had a problem for years of a family who owns several convenience stores in the area who in flagrant violation of our "None Sold to Dealers" policy (as our own General Manager told me, the law) buy up our sodas/sports drinks/etc to resell. They not only lie to us about their intentions, but they use false accusations of racism and other emotional blackmail if they don't get their way. When I tried to enforce this policy during overnight hours (when there is no manager on duty), I tried to get the LP officer to help (who turned out was in on the setup) and the customer lied to our faces about his intentions and he even asked me if I was drunk! I tried to throw him out of the store saying that was going way too far. The LP officer made the other clerk on duty do his order and made some strange remarks and said that I may have committed "racial profiling" (the convenience store people are Indian), which of course I did absolutely no such thing.

      A couple of days later, I was placed on "suspension pending" for "calling a customer a liar" along with a huge pile up of other false charges. This ass. manager also accused me of racial profiling when everyone who knew me knows I have not a racist bone in my body! This "manager" also admitted that she rushed the charges up to HR before I even arrived and NOT coincidentally, this was done while the GM, union steward, and union rep were on vacation (to ensure I'd be denied union representation). The suspension pending was full of blatant lies and she was very clearly abusing her power. I tried to insist on having the HR meeting occur before my leave of absence so I wouldn't have it over my head while my wife was in surgery/recovery, but they refused.

      My HR meeting was a disaster, especially from what the union did to me. The union rep forced me to withhold all my evidence and key witness, neither side even talked with the stock crew and other witnesses I gave them (all of which would've proved I did nothing wrong) and at the meeting, the union rep tried to make give a false confession and when I tried to rebutt the HR rep's charge of "harassment based on race", he hit me in the shin to force me to shut up!! They treated anything against me (no matter how false) as the gospel truth but every attempt I tried to make to present evidence in my favor they ignored me and looked the other way.

      Later, both Kroger and the "union" (UFCW) tried to trick me into signing a "resign in return for uncontested unemployment" agreement, which is actually a scam designed to make you INELIGIBLE for unemployment!! We later tried to find a lawyer to persue legal action and tried to take our case to the Kentucky Human Rights Commission (they wouldn't take it), the EEOC (we never got a response), and it looked like the NLRB was interested, but unfortunately they told me they could only get me reinstatement (which I no longer wanted) and backpay. Kroger then retaliated by contesting my unemployment. I was able to get my unemployment but only after signing away my legal rights to sue (which I felt like they put a gun to my head so to speak).

      Even before all this started, I had severe mental/emotional disabilities including PTSD (from an abusive childhood), panic attacks, flashbacks, among others. And believe me, Kroger took unfair advantage of my disabilities and my wife's situation the whole time. I was even feeling suicidal at times. But Kroger's abusive behavior made all these things even worse and now (after making my best effort at trying to hold down another job; which was a good job), I am now faced with no other choice but to go on disability. But what hurts the most is that no one involved on either Kroger nor UFCW ever felt the least bit sorry or ashamed at what they did. And none of my so called "friends" (co-workers) helped me in anyway.

      I guess I had to learn the hard way that Kroger's core values of Honesty, Respect, and Integrity are a bunch of hogwash! And so was the UFCW's claim of being "a voice for working America." And I was too stupid and too naive and too gullible to see it!!!

      So I, an innocent employee who never caused Kroger any problems was forced out of a job, while the real wrong doers walk away scot free. Is there any justice in this world???

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      To the billion dollar Kroger Corporation,

      Hostile work environments and unfair labor practices are not welcome in American communities! Until Kroger ends these discriminatory unfair anti labor practices Kroger WILL NOT RECEIVE MY BUSINESS. Kroger has been charging targeted employees with trumped up charges of “misconduct” in an effort to suspend and remove employees from their stores. After suspension, employees are forced to wait for up to four months until union arbitration is possible. When the arbitration period comes near, Kroger will often times back off and offer the employee an opportunity to return to work (with a demotion or large cut in pay) so that they are not forced to assume the expense of paying for arbitration. In the meantime, many of these employees have been forced into bankruptcy and/or lost their homes. Even though the employee is only supposed to be suspended pending investigation, Kroger will contest providing the employee with unemployment forcing families into near starvation.

      Kroger is at the forefront of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees and many of the heightened applications of their unfair labor practices are being applied toward these individuals who have relatively little or no protection under federal law. A quick search on Google for “kroger +gay discrimination” will return a multitude of pages on this topic.

      Kroger also lost a court case involving discrimination against black employees in which they were forced to pay a 16 million dollar settlement. Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins and Childs, a Washington DC law firm, represented the employees in this case and asserts Kroger routinely subjected black employees to discriminatory selection and promotion procedures.

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    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      I thought sweatshops were a thing of the past!!!!

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