Safeway initiating Appreciation Pay program
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Albertsons companies announced today an Appreciation Pay program to all non-union and union frontline associates.
Team members of Safeway stores including the store in Rapid City will receive an extra $2 per hour as recognition for their hard work.
The raise couldn’t have come at a better time as members of the grocery industry have felt pressure from customers amid coronavirus concerns.
“In ways that we could not even imagine, overnight, our country changed – and as a result it changed the way our teams conduct business,” said Vivek Sankaran, President & CEO. “I am so proud to say our teams did not skip a step. In our manufacturing plants, distribution centers and in our stores, our associates are working tirelessly to serve our customers. They work every day to keep our communities fed, their pantries and medicine cabinets stocked, and to ensure one less worry on our customers’ minds as we all face this unprecedented pandemic.”
The temporary pay increase is effective March 15, 2020 until at least the end of the following pay period on March 28, 2020. The raise will come for about 230,000 Albertsons’ associates.
The raise was requested by the company’s division presidents and supported by the board of directors and the company’s owners.
“These times are unprecedented in the grocery industry,” commented Sankaran. “This simple ‘thank you’ doesn’t seem like quite enough – and we hope our sincere appreciation with this program is a start.”