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UFCW & COVID-19

UFCW continues to support our members and their customers during this difficult time.

Are you a UFCW member?


Text “Prepared” to 83071

for health and safety updates.

As this public health challenge unfolds, it’s more important than ever that your union has a way to share vital information with you in real-time.

Are you a shopper?


Text “ShopSmart” to 23396

to be added to our customer alert list.

UFCW is working to protect the safety of our hardworking members on the front lines of this crisis, and we will need customers’ help. Sign up for our text alerts to receive text the latest shopper information and what you can do to support your community’s grocery, retail, and healthcare workers.

If you are a member with a health and safety concern in your workplace, please report it to us.

Many workers are experiencing similar challenges in workplaces across the country. Help us keep track of the problems you are facing so we can better work with employers to address them.

Press Releases

In National Coronavirus Press Conference, America’s Largest Food & Retail Calls on Top Supermarket Companies to Reinstate Hazard Pay

New Trump Guestworker Policy Exploits Coronavirus Outbreak, Threatens Safety of Workers & American Jobs

Top Supermarket Chains Condemned for Ending COVID-19 Emergency Pay Even As Grocery Worker Deaths Increase

UFCW: Trump Order to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open Must Include Immediate Action to Strengthen Coronavirus Testing and Safety Measures

UFCW Releases Statement on Workers Memorial Day & Announces Worker Deaths from Coronavirus

UFCW: Tyson and All Meatpacking Companies Must Act Immediately to Protect American Workers & Food Supply

Stop & Shop and UFCW Issue Joint Statement Calling For Grocery Workers To Be Classified As First Responders

#ShopSmart Campaign Urges Shoppers to Help Keep America’s Grocery Workers Safe & Grocery Stores Open

America’s National Meatpacking Union Urges White House Task Force to Take Immediate Action to Protect Meatpacking Workers & National Food Supply

America’s Largest Food & Retail Union Launches National Coronavirus Safety Advertising Campaign Targeting All Grocery Shoppers

UFCW Calls on USDA to Take Five Immediate Actions to Protect Meatpacking Workers and America’s Food Supply During Coronavirus Outbreak

UFCW and JBS Announce Increased Pay and Enhanced Protective Equipment for Meatpacking Workers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

UFCW: Amazon and Whole Foods Must Take Immediate Action to Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Kroger, America’s Largest Grocer, and the UFCW, America’s Largest Food and Retail Union, Issue Urgent Call for Nation’s Elected Leaders to Designate Grocery Workers as First Responders

National #ShopSmart Campaign to Keep Grocery Workers Safe From Coronavirus & Protect Nation’s Food Supply Announced Today

UFCW Urges Easter Grocery Shoppers to Exercise Caution as Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

UFCW Calls on CDC to Issue Mandatory Guidance for Frontline Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

Albertsons and UFCW Launch Joint Effort To Classify Grocery Workers as First Responders During Coronavirus Outbreak

Kroger, UFCW Announce Increased Pay, Benefits for Grocery Workers on Front Lines of Coronavirus Outbreak

UFCW: Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods Must Do More to Protect Workers on Front Lines of Coronavirus Outbreak

UFCW Announces Increased Pay, Benefits for Meatpacking and Food Processing Workers on Front Lines of Outbreak

UFCW: Amazon CEO Sells $3.4 Billion in Stock Before Market Collapse While Failing to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

UFCW and Stop & Shop Announce Ten Percent Pay Raise for Grocery Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

UFCW & Safeway Coronavirus Talks Lead to Grocery Worker Pay Raise for Employees Across the Country

UFCW Applauds States for Offering Emergency Protections to Grocery Workers on Front Lines of Coronavirus

Congress is Failing American Workers with Coronavirus Relief Bill that Puts Corporations First

Congress Must Act Now to Help American Workers and Families at Risk in Coronavirus Outbreak

Amazon and Whole Foods Shamelessly Exploit Workers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Pork Industry Exploits Coronavirus to Destroy American Jobs, Fatten Profits

Health and Economic Well-Being of American Workers Must be Protected Amidst Coronavirus

Unions Representing Health Care Professionals Call on CDC to Reconsider Protections During Coronavirus Outbreak

What the UFCW is doing to help workers

From one corner of the country to the other, we are witnessing an unprecedented demand for groceries and healthcare, and it is clear that workers in those industries are facing incredibly difficult, stressful and exhausting days.

The UFCW represents not only nurses and other health care professionals who are on the front lines caring for patients, but also grocery and other food workers who are still hard at work making sure our communities have access to groceries and other essential supplies during this crisis.

The UFCW International recognizes we have to act fast to combat this threat. The actions we are taking include the following:

  1. Working with state and federal leaders to develop immediate policies that will protect our members’ personal and economic health.
  2. Meeting with our largest employers to discuss actions to protect our members’ pay and benefits, as well as the specific actions they are taking to minimize our members’ exposure to the Coronavirus.
  3. Working with our local unions to designate our members as “first responders” to ensure they have immediate access to testing, and additional protections they need to be able to do their jobs.
  4. Working with our local unions to launch a series of member communications to ensure our union is there to answer our members’ questions and address their concerns—whatever they may be.
  5. Coordinating with local, state, and federal authorities about the impact any new Coronavirus policies could or may have on our members and employer operations.

Featured News

“Nearly 80 million American workers – or 59 percent of the entire U.S. workforce – are hourly employees who only get paid for the hours they work. As the financial impact of the coronavirus is felt across every community, these hard-working men and women are on the front lines.

“I am urging each of our nation’s elected leaders to develop immediate policies that ensure that workers – salaried and hourly – do not have to choose between work and their health.“ – Marc Perrone

UFCW members are employed at the following companies (and many others)

Kroger
Fred Meyer
Ralph’s
Fry’s
Roundy’s
King Soopers
Smith’s
Food 4 Less
Mega Marts
QFC
Foods Co
Safeway
Albertson’s
Von’s
Jewel
ACME
Shaw’s
Pak N Save
Stop & Shop
Giant
King Kullen
Meijer
Kaiser
Providence Health System
Multicare Health System
Airamid Health Management
Gulf Coast Health Care
Skagit Regional Health
Tara Cares
Columbia HCA
Labcorp
Comprehensive Systems, Inc
CVS
Rite Aid
Shop Rite
Duane Reade
Macy’s
Bloomingdale’s
H&M
Zara
Aperion Care

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