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UFCW Statement on 2020 Election Vote Count

November 5, 2020

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Union for 120,000 Workers in Battleground States like Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona Calls for Every Vote to Be Counted

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers across North America, called for state election officials to continue their effort to ensure that every ballot is counted from the 2020 presidential election.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“This is America. Every vote must be counted. We must all believe in the democratic process and have faith that the system is working, regardless of which party we belong to or which candidate is ahead. The foundation of our American democracy must be that our differences do not break our belief that every vote should count.”

Background

UFCW represents 1.3 million workers, including 120,000 workers in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. 

UFCW has been a leading national voice in the push to protect frontline workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and other essential businesses. Vice President Biden’s call for a national mask mandate was praised by UFCW, which has called on the governors of all 50 states to require masks in retail and other public spaces. Senator Kamala Harris recently partnered with UFCW on a CNN op-ed calling for all grocery chains to restore hazard pay as these essential workers continue to put themselves in harm’s way. 

UFCW recently confirmed that frontline workers continue to be at risk as COVID-19 cases increase nationwide. Among grocery workers represented by the union, there have already been at least 108 worker deaths and over 16,300 workers infected or exposed nationwide.

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UFCW International, the largest private sector union in the United States. UFCW International represents 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.