FIRST RESPONDER BENEFITS
- “First responder” status for all grocery workers to ensure personal protective equipment is available
- Overtime pay for anyone working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week
- Hazard pay during the crisis
UFCW International and UFCW Locals have been negotiating with employers across the country to recognize how hard grocery, healthcare, and retail employees are working to provide necessary food and supplies to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell.
At the start of this outbreak, UFCW sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders outlining the union’s top policy priorities for economic relief legislation.
UFCW called for action by Congress and the White House to provide the aid needed for the nearly 80 million hourly workers – representing about 60 percent of the U.S. workforce – who are most at risk. Top UFCW priorities for worker relief in the letter include:
“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