Longo Brothers Fruit Markets is recognizing its frontline workers by reinstating a temporary pay increase, effective immediately. The company was the first to make the announcement on April 8 and later, Empire Company confirmed that it too would be temporarily re-introducing its "lockdown bonus" program for its frontline workers in Ontario and certain areas in Quebec.
Longo’s will offer all permanent frontline hourly employees an additional $2 per hour. This includes those who work in the stores, distribution centre, Grocery Gateway, Central Kitchen and Market Café. Additionally, all assistant store managers, department managers, team leads and supervisors in operating roles will receive an additional weekly bonus.
“This latest stay-at-home order will hit everyone a little harder, but we know our Team Members will continue to rise to the challenge as essential workers during this pandemic. They have done an incredible job serving our Guests and making a difference in their communities and this is one way of showcasing our appreciation. We ask that our Guests join us in continuing to show incredible kindness to our Team Members who are working so hard to keep everyone safe and fed,” says Anthony Longo, president of CEO of Longo's.
In addition to this latest pay increase, Longo’s has implemented several other initiatives to showcase support to employees, including paid days off for self-isolation, flexible scheduling, and expanded access to its Employee Assistance Program.
The pay increase at Longo's will take effect Thursday, April 8th and will be offered until the projected end of this stay-at-home order in 28 days.