NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) – The coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 1,000 Texans and some 81,000 Americans rages on, but Kroger is already ending a modest “hero bonus” for the supermarket chain’s workers, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Since April, the country’s largest grocery chain has been offering an additional $2 an hour to tens of thousands of workers, who viewed as essential workers.


Kroger did not return a request for comment from CBS MoneyWatch, but defended its decision in a statement.

The grocer ran a national TV ad Sunday on Fox News, in it Kroger offered additional thanks to its workers, with the company reportedly spending $340,000 to air its televised expression of gratitude.

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