BOSTON — Packed shops, packed carts, packed parking lots – the holidays are upon us and essential workers are there making sure the food gets on the table.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union represent 1.3 million retail and grocery store workers. They are calling on CEOs to strengthen safeguards in stores. While mask mandates and protocols vary state to state, the UFCW is also calling on Retail and Grocery CEOs to provide free COVID-19 testing, PPE, as well as reinstate the hazard pay they saw in the spring.
At a virtual news conference Monday afternoon, they announced the launch of their own safety education effort, targeting regions with high COVID-19 spread.
“With more than a million new COVID-19 cases in the past week and deaths spiking to unprecedented levels in city after city, we’re entering what could be the riskiest and deadliest period for essential frontline workers,” said Marc Perrone of the UFCW.
“We’ve earned and deserve better than this,” said Janet Wainwright, a Kruger worker. “Every grocery store and essential worker deserves better than this.”
In the 14th annual Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey, 76% of shoppers said they think all stores should close on Thanksgiving to give essential workers a well-earned break.
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