(CBS4) — During the height of the pandemic, grocery store workers were considered heroes for continuing to do their jobs every day, despite the dangers of COVID-19. But after 2020, the top executive at Kroger got a significant pay increase, while those who worked on the frontline saw the median wage drop.
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Kroger’s top executive, Rodney McMullen, received a 6% pay increase after 2020 — a compensation package worth more than $22 million.
At the same time, median employee pay dropped by 8% to $24,617.READ MORE: 'This Is A Wakeup Call': Colorado Governor Says State Is Running Low On ICU Beds Due To COVID Cases
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union says it is an insult to the millions of employees.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Kroger implemented “Hero Pay,” a temporary raise of a $2/hour, but that was taken away back in May of 2020.MORE NEWS: State Senator Calls for Audit After Out-Of-State Company Gets Big Colorado Construction Projects
Kroger is the parent company that owns King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado.