After talks between the union and the company concerning the safety and well-being of the men and women who are tirelessly working to keep grocery shelves stocked and doors open during the coronavirus outbreak, Stop & Shop announced they will be giving all union Stop & Shop and Peapod employees represented by the UFCW a ten percent increase in pay during this crisis. Workers will also receive two additional weeks of paid leave if they become sick.
“Every supermarket, grocery store, and food retail employer – union and non-union – in the Northeast and across America must follow the example that Stop & Shop has set and follow their lead,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone.
UFCW International and UFCW Locals have been negotiating with employers across the country to recognize how hard grocery workers are working to provide necessary food and supplies to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
UFCW and Safeway announced that Safeway would provide a two-dollar-per-hour increase in pay for its grocery workers across the country during the outbreak.
In California, UFCW Locals applauded Stater Bros. Markets for implementing a $2.00-per-hour pay raise to its workers. The raise will apply to all hourly employees over the course of four weeks beginning March 23.
In Missouri, UFCW Local Union 655 secured a deal for grocery workers at Schnucks, Dierbergs, and Straubs to waive all co-pays for coronavirus testing, maintain pay for those who become sick, and expand access to telemedicine with zero out-of-pocket costs.