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Essential Worker Study

Essential Worker Study

As we head into another year of working on the front lines of COVID-19, it is critical that we better understand how this pandemic has and will impact you and all our members.  

For the sake of your health and safety, we believe essential workers must remain a priority when it comes to improving workplace safety, accessing life-saving vaccinations, and receiving critical resources that will save lives and stop the spread of this disease.  

To better understand how we improve workplace safety, and the impact that the pandemic has and will have, the UFCW has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and FORWARD, the national databank for rheumatic diseases, to launch a long-term, national Essential Worker Study.

The Essential Worker Study will help us better understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workers and on all our families. By learning more about how this disease impacts frontline workers like you, we can learn about what steps we must take to better protect you in the workplace. 

Join the Essential Worker Study today.

You, and over 1 million UFCW members, have been invited to participate in this research effort that will allow you to share your views, opinions, and experience.  

Participation is easy, and involves the following: 

  • Weekly text message: You will receive a single text message each week inviting you to fill out a short survey if you have either contracted COVID-19 or received a vaccination. Your survey responses will be kept anonymous and your privacy will be protected.
  • Critical Safety Information: You will have priority access to COVID-19 informational newsletters and participate in Q&As with the top infectious disease doctors in the country. 
  • Sharing your Views: By answering just a few questions a week, you will help strengthen workplace protections and protect essential workers for years to come.

Join the Essential Worker Study today.

Thank you for doing your part by contributing to this study and for being a member of our union family. 

Essential Worker Study

Tell fellow UFCW members in your workplace about the Essential Worker Study.

Download and post the Essential Worker Study flyer (English or Spanish) on your bulletin board. Click on the image to download the PDF.



In partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and FORWARD.