Monday, March 23, 2020

Sobet is launching our Hero Pay Program

Sobeys - Better food for All.

To our Valued Sobeys Customer,

Our team is playing a vital role in providing Canadians with the food, medicine and essentials they need for their families during this terrible crisis. We are humbled by the efforts our teammates are making each and every day, as they continue to step up and support the needs of our neighbours. We're launching our "Hero Pay Program" for our frontline teammates working in our stores and distribution centres. We want to ensure our teammates are well cared for and that we lead the way for fair treatment.

We are hearing so many stories of the fantastic work our teams are doing and we are touched by the countless phone calls, texts and emails Canadians have shared with us. Our teammates are going above and beyond every day. Their morale is high. We are so proud.

For instance, recently, a customer called into a local radio station frustrated because he couldn't find the only formula his daughter would take. Within a few minutes, our store teammates called into the radio station to let the customer know that they had the formula in stock. Our teams are incredible. They're doing everything they can, every single day.

Here are the details of our Hero Pay Program:
  • All teammates will receive an additional $50 a week, regardless of the number of hours worked, recognizing how each one of our heroes is going over and above to feed our customers.
  • All of our teammates who work more than 20 hours a week will receive an additional $2 premium per hour for all hours over 20 hours, in addition to the $50 payment mentioned above.
  • All of these new arrangements are retroactive to March 8, 2020, and employees will receive their first payments in early April.
  • This program will be reassessed at the end of April.
  • We are mobilizing our recruitment drive and are hiring additional part-time teammates across our business.
  • Top-up programs are in place for teammates who are in self quarantine for a two-week period or for those taking time off work to care for dependents or children.
Our retail and distribution centre teammates are true local heroes working on the frontlines in their communities to deliver essential services to Canadians. In times like these, enhanced compensation and support programs for those who need to care for themselves and their families are simply the right things to do.

We will support our teams in any way we can and ensure that our stores remain safe and healthy. We are so grateful for the unwavering support our teammates have played in helping us best serve you, our customers.


Michael Medline
President & CEO