San Diego Workers Secure Pay Boost from Albertsons and Vons
Grocery workers, through their Southern California UFCW Local Unions, have been calling for pay increases for those on the frontlines
As measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 intensify, with Governor Gavin Newsom issuing an order for all Californians to stay at home, grocery store workers remain the lifeline to the public, going to work every day. Without special training in public health or disease prevention, stockers, checkers, and others who keep the grocery stores open for shoppers are suddenly on the frontlines.
Since shopping — and profits — have surged for grocery retailers like Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons, grocery workers, through their union, have called for increased pay. In response to the news today that Albertsons and Vons agreed to raise wages temporarily for its Southern California employees, including those in San Diego by $2 an hour, the San Diego-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 released the following statement:
“We are all concerned about keeping our families safe, paying our rent and caring for our children who are out of school. We have been asking the major retailers, who are doubling and tripling their profits right now, to recognize that our members need increased pay, increased safety measures and more flexible schedules during these unprecedented times. We are pleased they are listening to us and recognize the important role we play during this situation.” – Tamara Long, Vons worker
“This crisis demonstrates that grocery workers, pharmacy workers, delivery drivers, and others who are among the lowest paid in our societies are essential. Increasing pay for those on the frontlines is critical.” – Todd Walters, President UFCW Local 135.