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Team Benefits and Perks

We know that the only way we are going to achieve our mission is by working as a team. We’ve developed a comprehensive set of Team Member benefits to compensate you for all of your hard work! If you have any questions about your benefits, please feel free to reach out to your manager for more details.

Health Insurance - Health, Vision, and Dental

We’re committed to taking care of our team so that people at Union Kitchen can focus on taking care of our customers and achieving our mission! Our go-to health care plan is an affordable option rooted in prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

We choose to work with Kaiser because of their integrated approach to health care. Your primary care physician, as well as any specialists you may need to visit, are all located in one building. This helps you save time and energy because you don’t have to run all over the city to get the care you need.

Read more here for full details on health insurance through Union Kitchen.

Paid Time Off (Sick and Vacation)

There are two types of Paid Time Off: vacation and sick leave. Vacation PTO is available for team members who are Full-Time and Level 5 and above. Sick Leave is available for all W2 employees. Refer to the PTO Policy for more details.



Union Kitchen takes pride in being open 365 days a year with consistent hours. On holidays, we’re a gathering place for family and friends. In bad weather, we’re a safe port in the storm.

Union Kitchen recognizes and will close on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving (Stores Closed)
  • Christmas (Stores Closed)

Weekly Payroll

Every Monday you get paid for the week prior. This means money coming in every week for regular cash flow. For example, if you have an irregular work schedule one week, you'll get paid the following next week and reap the rewards sooner! We are committed to investing in a work environment that is consistent and supportive. We hope this is something that makes Monday even better and reflects the hard work you do sooner and more often. 

All the Time, All the Items - 25% Off

We want you to check out all of our Member products so we offer a 25% discount on any item in the store all the time!  

This discount is only for your use and not to purchase items for family members, friends, or acquaintances, or for resale. Purchasing items with the discount and reselling the merchandise-on the Internet, for example, or in a side business is strictly forbidden and against the intent of this arrangement. As a general rule, you shouldn’t use the discount in any manner that would result in a profit to you as an individual.

Free Shift Meal While You’re Working in a Store

Enjoy a free shift meal during a break while you are on shift at the store! Take advantage of the opportunity and grab something new from our menu. We want you to be as excited about our food as we are. All team members must ring this up as a comp item in Square. 

Free Coffee & Tea

As part of working at Union Kitchen, we want you to enjoy all the great coffee & tea we brew in our stores! All Union Kitchen Team Members get free coffee and tea while working

Professional Certificates

Union Kitchen pays for professional certificates approved in your leadership training checklist from nationally recognized groups like Servsafe, Ohio State, Cornell, Culinary Institute of America and WSET, to name a few, to help our team develop their careers, wherever life takes you! 

Leadership Development Program

We have created on-demand programs and in-person training to develop leadership skills and have dedicated instructors. In 2021, we invested over $500k into this program.  And it’s paying off for all of us.  Through this program, all of our leadership positions have earned their way through the levels of leadership.  In 2021, we had over 230 promotions! We build leaders!