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Updated 4/8/2020


Governor’s order eases access to childcare for grocery workers.

An executive order signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom will make it easier for grocery workers and other essential personnel to obtain childcare and receive federal food assistance for their families.

The governor’s order allows the state’s Department of Social Services to waive certain priorities that otherwise might prevent childcare and afterschool programs from serving children of essential infrastructure workers.

The order also enables the state to take advantage of new federal flexibility to provide pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to children. Specifically, the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education will share information to identify students who may be eligible for the pandemic SNAP benefit.

“Gov. Newsom did the right thing,” said Joe Duffle, president of UFCW Local 1167. “His actions provide critical support for our heroes on the front lines of this public health emergency.”

“We are grateful the governor understands that those who work in groceries and drug stores deserve recognition as essential personnel,” President Duffle continued. “They deserve credit for their courage and hard work in making sure the public has access to food, medicine and supplies.”



UPDATE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE).

Since day one of the COVID-19 crisis, your UFCW Locals have been fighting and arguing for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE includes masks, gloves, and plastic check stand guards.

Many employers have agreed and ordered masks and gloves, which should be in stores this week if you haven’t already received them. Many employers have already installed barriers at the check stand as well.

We have tried to order them at the local union office, and we have been given an estimated 3 to 4 weeks delivery timeline because the Federal government has taken a large number of Masks for use by front line hospital workers.

As a Union, we have made our case to all local, state, and federal representatives that our members are on the front line, and you should have immediate access to PPE.

We have been unapologetic in our demands to the Companies as well as our elected officials in the region regarding your safety!

Your health and safety is our number one goal. Please be safe and be well.

As always, should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your Union Representative at 909-877-5000.



To read about the Benefits of First Responder Status for Food Workers


Read Why Food Workers Should Be Considered First Responders During a Pandemic



Ralphs and Food 4 Less announce the "Hero Bonus Premium" will move from the bonus to a $2.00 premium on all hours worked.

The UFCW's current collective bargaining agreements with Ralphs and Food 4 Less will dictate how overtime is paid and the premium pay on all overtime hours will be $3.00 on those overtime hours.

This will be a separate line item on our members checks and will be taxed at normal tax rates.

The premium will be from March 29th through April 18th and will be reevaluated at that time. ($2.00 paid up to 40hrs/ $3.00 on all overtime hours)

Safety within Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores

Kroger will provide Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores with forehead thermometers. If an employee has a temperature of 100.4, they will be sent home and asked to see a Dr.

Kroger has ordered 7 million masks that will be delivered on April 11th and sent to the stores, they currently have 300,000 masks on hand that are ready to be sent to Ralphs and Food 4 Less on April 9th.

Kroger curently has 50,000 cases of gloves on hand.

If you have any questions, please contact your union representative.


Help call on the State of California to designate essential retail workers as emergency frontline personnel.

Tell Gov. Gavin Newsom to Take Executive Action to Support Grocery and Pharmacy Store Workers.

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Summary: Governor, employers acknowledge workers at supermarkets and drug stores, provide compensation, support and respect they deserve on front lines against pandemic

President Joe Duffle calls for ‘kindness and civility’ in stores

March 26, 2020

Responding to requests by UFCW unions and their allies, California’s government and employers have taken dramatic steps in the past week to reward workers in supermarkets and drug stores, protect their health and give them the compensation, support and respect they deserve on the front lines of the pandemic.

“This global health crisis underscores the essential support to our communities provided by grocery workers, pharmacists, delivery drivers, food processors and others courageously rising to meet the challenges of this outbreak. Increasing pay for those on the frontlines is critical,” said Joe Duffle, President of UFCW Local 1167.

Here is a brief summary of recent events in the rapidly evolving story:

  • Significant temporary wage increases — Several union-affiliated chains announced significant wage increases for workers in supermarkets and drug stores. Here are some examples:
    • Workers at Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons are earning an extra $2.00 per hour as “appreciation pay” for their service during the pandemic. The enhanced pay is retroactive to March 15 and will continue at least until March 28. Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons have agreed to extend the $2.00 “appreciation pay" to April 18th
    • Ralphs and Food 4 Less announced they will pay $300 to full-time workers and $150 to part-time employees on April 3. The extra pay applies to workers who work during the March 8-28 payroll period and were hired on or before March 1.
    • Workers at Rite Aid drug stores are earning an extra $2.00 per hour for their service during the pandemic. The retroactive increases began March 15. In addition, Rite Aid is increasing its employee discount to 35% and relaxing its dress code. 
    • Stater Bros. Markets is giving a $2.00-per-hour pay raise to its workers. The raise will apply to all hourly employees over the course of four weeks, March 23-April 23.

  • Sick pay and leaves of absence — In cooperation with UFCW Local 1167, employers are instituting special policies relating to sick pay and leaves of absence during the COVID-19 crisis. For example:
    • Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons will pay up to two weeks of replacement wages to any employee diagnosed with COVID-19. If unable to return to work after two weeks, the employee will be able to use any other sick leave/pay provision under the contract. In addition, the company will pay up to two weeks of replacement pay to any employee who is required to self-quarantine after being guided to do so by a health care provider, or if the company requests the employee do so based on current CDC risk assessment factors. Members out on sick leave during this period will not suffer losses in seniority or vacation benefits under the contract. making all reasonable efforts to accommodate scheduling changes needed by employees with childcare needs during school closures, including working different schedules or taking temporary transfers to stores closer to the employees’ homes or childcare facilities. The employer will work with the union to help employees find needed childcare facilities.
    • CVS requires employees to contact the leave of absence department so the company can review eligibility for a paid leave during this period.
    • Workers at Ralphs and Food 4 Less who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be paid up to two weeks of replacement pay while unable to work. If unable to return to work after two weeks, they will then be able to use any sick leave they are normally entitled to under the contract. Anyone who is required to self-quarantine will be paid up to two weeks of replacement pay if they are required to do so by their health care provider or if the company requests they do so based on CDC risk assessment factors.
    • Rite Aid will provide 14 days of paid leave “pandemic pay” for workers who test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19. Those who cannot find alternative arrangements for childcare will be placed on an unpaid, job-protected administrative leave. During this time, workers may use accrued time off.
    • Stater Bros. Markets pay any employee diagnosed with COVID-19 up to 14 days of sick pay while unable to work. Sick pay will be paid for 5 days in the first week, 5 days the second week and 4 days on the third week if necessary. If unable to return after 14 sick days, they will be able to use any sick leave normally entitled to under the contract. If an employee is required to self-quarantine, they will be paid in the same manner if they are required to do so by their health care provider or if the company requests they do so based on current CDC risk assessment factors.

    • Other measures — UFCW Local 1167 is working with the employers to implement important health and safety measures, as well as worker protections. Here are some examples:

    • Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons are installing acrylic barriers to help protect workers from exposure at check stands and other locations throughout the stores. This will take weeks to implement throughout the state.
    • El Super has provided employees guidance in following the CDC’s recommendations to prevent the spread of viruses, including proper handwashing and hygiene. The company has reiterated to employees the importance of staying home if they are sick and has reviewed and reinforced sanitation measures.
    • Ralphs and Food 4 Less also are installing acrylic barriers in their stores. In addition, they have established Helping Hands, a financial assistance program for workers struggling financially because of COVID-19.  Other steps include addressing the need for more flexibility with scheduling for members with children who attend schools that are closed, including working different schedules or taking temporary transfers to stores closer to members’ homes. If an employee cannot work due to childcare needs, the employee will be granted a personal leave of absence and will be allowed to return to work with all seniority as soon as the childcare needs are resolved.
    • Stater Bros. Markets is committed to allowing members to wear gloves. Time is given to wash hands regularly and workstations are sanitized hourly. Like other stores, Stater Bros. has modified its store hours to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seniors 65+ can shop earlier at 7:45 a.m. In addition, the company is monitoring the flow of customers to a reasonable number at any given time. Discipline for attendance issues caused by COVID-19 will be discontinued during this period. Also, store managers will temporarily be allowed to post work schedules at noon on Tuesdays.

    • Seeking kindness and civility toward workers — President Duffle said “working together, our communities will get through this crisis. Let’s treat each other with kindness and civility, keeping in mind we are all neighbors and friends doing the best we can.”

    “Our union’s members put themselves on the line every day to ensure we have safe, efficient and equitable access to food, medicine and essential goods,” President Joe Duffle said.

    “They do this in extremely stressful circumstances with panicked shoppers needlessly stripping the shelves and acting rudely to each other as well as the employees.”

    Duffle noted that the supply chains for supermarkets and drug stores remain robust and deliveries of products arrive on a daily basis.

    “There’s no reason to panic and no reason to hoard,” President Duffle said. “There’ll be plenty for everyone if we all shop for the week ahead.”

    UFCW Local 1167 President, Joe Duffle

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