The UFCW is fighting to protect the safety and well-being of our members in this crisis!

The UFCW is working with employers on:

STORE SANITIZATION
  • Reduced hours of operation for daily disinfection
  • Special hours for grocery workers and at-risk customers to shop
  • Regimented cleaning schedule for checkout stations
  • Closed salad bars
INCREASED HYGIENE AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes for every worker
  • Regular, paid breaks for workers to wash their hands and wipe down checkstands/workstations
  • Gloves provided to all workers and ability to wear masks
  • Enforcement of six-foot social distance protocols in stores (tape on floor, signs)
  • Limit numbers of customers in store at one time to safe levels
  • Free testing and/or time off to get tested without penalty or discrimination
  • Ongoing health and safety training on CDC guidelines
STAFFING
  • Address understaffing issues at store
  • Sufficient staff and supplies to clean restrooms and break rooms
  • Offer up to 48 hours per week to all employees before hiring new staff
THE UFCW IS WORKING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ON
  • First responder benefits
  • Hazard pay for workers
  • Overtime pay for all retail workers who work more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week
PAID LEAVE
  • Two weeks paid sick leave and emergency FMLA paid long term leave; encourage sick workers to stay home
  • Ability to use paid sick leave for childcare in case of school closures; childcare stipend for members in need
  • Protection against job loss

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