I’m beyond angry! It’s about my son Todd who is employed as a bagger at Schnuck’s Market in Janesville. Todd has been bagging groceries in Janesville grocery stores for almost 40 years including the former Gentz’s, NewMarket, Sentry East, Mauer’s. He's an experienced bagger—hard working, courteous, well-known and well-liked by his customers who have known him over the years. Some even refer to him as “Mr. Janesville.”

But here’s the issue: Todd saw a post on Schnucks bulletin board Friday, Oct. 8, that beginning Oct. 11 (his birthday, by the way), everyone who is employed in every department at Schnucks is going to get a $2 raise in pay—except the baggers. You can imagine how that made Todd feel.

Why isn’t the pay raise across the board for all? It feels like discrimination. He’s been employed at Schnucks for 2 1/2 years. His hourly wage is $8. When he’s not bagging, he’s getting in the carts in all kinds of weather—or cleaning areas or doing what he’s asked to do. He’s an asset to Schnucks with his attentiveness to his responsibilities, politeness and cheerful greetings to customers as the last person they see as they leave the store.

Teammates. That’s what they’re all referred to. But I guess not?

FREDA TREDER

Janesville

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