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H-E-B replaces Texas Proud Pay program with 'enhanced' pay increases

The program has resulted in the largest pay increase in the grocery chain’s history, the company says.

HOUSTON — H-E-B said it's ending the temporary Texas Proud Pay program and replacing it with "accelerated and enhanced pay increases" for hourly store and supply chain employees.

The new increases, which begin this week, are worth more than twice the amount of the temporary program for the average H-E-B employee over the next year.

"This pay increase will be the largest pay increase in the history of H-E-B, the company said in a press release. "Additionally, we will continue our ongoing investments in pay and other perks and benefits for all Partners across the company."

The Texas Proud Pay program began in March and gave hourly workers a raise to thank them for their hard work on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic. It ended on June 21.

"We believe this crisis will be around for an indeterminate amount of time and our goal is to reward our Partners for their hard work and dedication with more than temporary bonuses,” according to an announcement on the H-E-B website.

H-E-B employs more than 120,000 workers across Texas.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said the Texas Proud Pay program is becoming permanent, which H-E-B confirmed was inaccurate.

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