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During Pandemic, San Antonio-Based Grocer H-E-B Making Its Biggest-Ever Employee Pay Raise


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Widely lauded for its conduct during the pandemic, grocery powerhouse H-E-B has made another move likely to draw praise.

Yesterday, the San Antonio-based chain said in a press release that it's permanently increasing pay for store and supply-chain hourly workers after ending its Texas Proud Pay program. That temporary program granted employees a $2-per-hour raise for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

H-E-B said it wants to reward staffers with more than just temporary bonuses for their hard work and dedication during the crisis. Although the company didn't provide details on the what the "accelerated and enhanced pay" would look like for workers, it said the increase is the largest in company history.

"Throughout the coronavirus crisis, H-E-B Partners have demonstrated our collective commitment to take care of Texans," the release states. "Our company's dedication to all in our H-E-B family remains strong and unwavering, and we are deeply proud of our more than 120,000 H-E-B Partners. They are the Spirit of H-E-B."

H-E-B also extended medical leave to all of its partners. If a partner is diagnosed with the virus they will receive pay during their leave, according to the company's statement.

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