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