WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million frontline workers in food and retail, condemned the senseless act of violence that took place today at a Fred Meyer store in Richland, Washington. Employees who work at that store are represented by UFCW Local 1439.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:
“Today’s shooting serves as a heartbreaking reminder that grocery workers continue to face more threats on the job besides the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing we say can do justice to the impact these horrific acts of violence continue to have on our union members as well as their customers and communities. We are working closely with our Local union to provide support to these essential union grocery workers and their families during this tremendously difficult time.
“More must be done to protecting essential workers and the customers they serve. We are calling on corporate and elected leaders to take real action to prevent incidents like these from ever occurring.”
UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 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.