Union News

Safe Jobs, Safe Stores

By | Breaking News, COVID-19

SAFE JOBS, SAFE STORES UFCW is calling on customers, on companies, and on our elected officials to do more to keep workers and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic: ✅ Strongly urge customers to wear masks ✅ Allow all clerks to wear homemade masks until employer-provided masks are available ✅ Provide masks to all employees ✅ Limit the number of customers allowed in stores at once ✅ Have security stationed at the entrance to assist with customer flow ✅ Provide…

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Use Caution and Follow All Public Health Orders

By | Breaking News, COVID-19

When on the job, we ask that you use caution and follow all Public Health Orders enacted by the County of SD. You can view them here. If you have concerns at your worksite location about overcrowding, social distancing, and practices you believe violate these orders please call our Covid-19 Compliance Hotline at (619) 298-7772 Extension 165. Thank you and be safe.

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Face Coverings Mandatory for Grocery, Retail and Pharmacy Workers

By | Breaking News, COVID-19

Effective midnight Saturday, April 4, all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy or drug store, convenience store or gas station shall wear a cloth face covering as described in the California Department of Public Health face covering guidance. It states: “A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can…

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SD Mayor Calls on Shoppers to Take Steps to Avoid COVID-19

By | Breaking News, FOOD 4 LESS, KAISER PERMANENTE, Pharmacists Professional Division, RITE AID, Uncategorized

San Diego Mayor Calls on Grocery Shoppers and Workers to Take Easy Preventative Steps to Avoid COVID-19 SIMPLE MEASURES CAN PROTECT CUSTOMERS AND GROCERY EMPLOYEES ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19 San Diego – As San Diego continues to put into place measures to limit the spread and reduce the effects of COVID-19, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Council President Georgette Gómez, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 135, and Stay Home San Diego –…

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Local 135 in the News

By | Breaking News

UFCW Local 135 was recently featured in the following news stories: San Diego grocery workers ask for patience, understanding from customers amid ongoing coronavirus crisis – CBS 8 Some compared the experience to the aftermath of a natural disaster, but the pandemic has yet to come to an end and employees risk getting sick, infecting others. Escondido Albertsons employee tests positive for COVID-19 – ABC 10 News Escondido Albertsons Worker Among 12 in SoCal UFCW Unions with COVID-19 – Times of…

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San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

By | Breaking News

San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative During United Way’s 100-year history, they have always been here for those who need additional support, and the current health crisis of COVID-19 is no different. They are hosting the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. They plan to support the community in response to crisis situations and emergencies…

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Update for Ralphs & Food 4 Less Members

By | Breaking News, FOOD 4 LESS

Attention Ralphs and Food 4 Less Members: Today, UFCW and the Kroger Co. announced a new increase to the pay and benefits for the company’s more than 460,000 workers across the country. Kroger and UFCW have been working closely to ensure that our members are able to continue to provide the necessary food and supplies to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Kroger and UFCW announced the following increases to pay, benefits, and protections for frontline associates across the country:…

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For UFCW Pharmacy Members

By | Breaking News, KAISER PERMANENTE, Pharmacists Professional Division, Uncategorized

UFCW has been listening to your health and safety concerns as pharmacy members who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic at your worksites. We’ve heard you loudly and clearly and we are fighting to ensure you, your families, and your patients are protected. We have taken action to demand employers and the state take immediate steps to keep you safe. Please click HERE to see these steps.

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SD City Council President’s Letter to Governor Newsom

By | Breaking News, FOOD 4 LESS, KAISER PERMANENTE, RITE AID

CITY OF SAN DIEGO COUNCIL PRESIDENT GEORGETTE GÓMEZ March 31, 2020 Dear Governor Newsom, I am writing to you to urge you to classify grocery, pharmacy, and other categories of essential retail workers as emergency frontline personnel. The workers in grocery stores, retail establishments, and food processing plants are on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak working around the clock to keep these businesses open and ensure that families in our communities have the essential food and supplies they…

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UFCW Local 135 Calls for Action in Support of Grocery, Pharmacy and Other Healthcare and Retail Workers

By | Uncategorized

San Diego Union Calls for Action in Support of Grocery, Pharmacy and Other Healthcare and Retail Workers UFCW Local 135 demands that their essential members be designated as emergency frontline personnel in the state of California SAN DIEGO – Working long hours and exposed to large volumes of customers and patients, essential retail store workers, and pharmacy and other healthcare professionals are unsung heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, leadership from the state, county, and cities…

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