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Kroger to Slash Hourly Workers to Avoid Obamacare Penalties

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Doug Ross

Operative Faith reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Darden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties.

To give you a sense of Kroger’s size and importance, its sales last year were $90 billion and it employs nearly 350,000 people. Most of its jobs are hourly and the vast majority of workers are neither millionaires or billionaires.

Faith is a mid-level manager at Kroger and reports the dire news:

Last week we found out that, beginning in January, any employee who is not full-time at that point, will be limited to 28 hours per week and all new hires will be subject to the same policy.

Currently, part-time employees can work as many hours as needed.

Many Kroger employees, I believe, will be shocked to find out about this new policy.

What this means is that Obamacare will stop tens of thousands of Kroger employees — most of whom depend on and need the money — from working more than 28 hours!



  1. Irish

    November 5th, 2012

    Repercussions for not thinking things through. End the error tomorrow. Romney/Ryan!!!

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  2. BILL

    November 5th, 2012

    nancy was right, now that they voted for it we can find out what’s in it !

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  3. Noodengr

    November 5th, 2012

    I was chatting on line last night with a self admitted lib, and he said “Romney only cares about the rich” I sure would like for him to explain that to 350,000 Kroger employees.

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  4. Brooke

    November 5th, 2012

    There are lots of Kroger stores where I live and I know a few of it’s employees. They’re working there for the money, not as a hobby!

    Funny thing is, Kroger is a union store. Fat lot of good that’s done the workers, huh?

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  5. Edith McCrotch

    November 5th, 2012

    These 60′s radicals in the white house and congress are fulfilling their dreams of tearing down this country to a level of forcing a revolution…

    Well if it’s war they want then we will give them a revolution that will annihilate these “flower children” for good.

    We still have plenty of nice oak trees down here in the South just begging for a hangman’s noose to rid this country of these traitorous scum.

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  6. Sarge

    November 5th, 2012

    Kroger’s headquarters is in Ohio, maybe all their employees should know before the election since they have a lot riding on it.

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  7. Dr Tar

    November 5th, 2012

    But, But think of all the part time jobs this is going to create when hourly employees get their time slashed. Another trick and treat from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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  8. pink Floyd

    November 5th, 2012

    Just more Right-Wing propaganda, aimed at discrediting our messiah’s goal of the perfect society. You wing-nuts are to focused on the individuals Rights and you’re unable to see the “Big” picture of the ultimate Marxist Utopia.


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  9. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 5th, 2012

    As predictable as the sun rising in the east.

    Corporations will ALWAYS find ways to circumvent the tax and regulatory obstacles that governments puts in their path. Been doing it for 100′s of years.

    The workers and the consumers usually bear the brunt of the corporate-government love hate relationship.

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  10. bitterclinger

    November 5th, 2012

    Stirrin — these libs are the same eejits who cheer oil companies getting “punished” with fines, fees and higher taxes.

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  11. MNHawk

    November 5th, 2012

    I work in the headquarters of a retail chain.

    That very same directive was handed out here. Everybody is to be kept under 30 hours, except for the location manager.


    Change. Too bad dumb***s’ didn’t ask what was to change.

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  12. karen stevens

    November 5th, 2012

    “Corporations will ALWAYS find ways to circumvent the….”

    AND innovative entrepreneurs- it’s ALL about solving problems

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  13. Carlos The Jackal

    November 5th, 2012

    Bammy will sign yet another EO, this one defining full time work as anything over 16 hours…

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  14. Noodengr

    November 5th, 2012

    carlos with another 4 yrs of obuma 16 hours will be full time. this economy and country will go into the tank.

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  15. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 5th, 2012

    CA is a forced-unionization state and damn near everyone is hourly, and is non-exempt. When I was part of the layoffs for my previous employer, they all came from CA because we were non-exempt. The company made me exempt earlier in that year, but had to change me back to non-exempt due to CA law.

    So the libtards here in CA cost me my job because I don’t have a say in whether or not I want to be exempt from overtime pay. I have no issue with a house painter getting overtime. They work outside, in the hot and cold and wind and muggy and wet. They deserve the overtime. I have no issue with a plumber getting overtime. Sometimes they have to work with human feces on the floor or just like the painters, out in the elements. They deserve the overtime. Many trades are similar.

    As for me, I was working from home in a nice comfortable home/office out of the elements. Why should I get overtime? Or more appropriately, why shouldn’t I be able to…wait for it…choose whether or not I want to be exempt? I think it is a slap in the face to the hard-working Americans that deserve overtime, when some cubicle or office rat like me gets overtime.

    The People’s Socialist Quagmire of California “protecting” me from the evil corporation I work for by forcing me into a classification that my employer can no longer afford, so I lose my job.

    Thanks for nothing, marxist @$$holes!

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  16. Captain Obvious

    November 5th, 2012

    Kroger is a union shop. There’s some saying somewhere about chickens coming home to roost . . .

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