March 26, 2021 in Coronavirus, News

UFCW Local 99 Essential Workers on the Front Lines

WATCH: Members of UFCW Local 99 go to work every day to serve the community. They have put themselves in harm’s way during this difficult time for our country.
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March 11, 2021 in Coronavirus, News, Press Release

Kroger Endangers Los Angeles Food Supply with Additional Store Closures Retaliating Against Hazard Pay Mandates Enacted to Protect Community & Provide Critical Support to Grocery Workers Facing Risk of COVID Exposure

America’s Largest Food and Retail Union Condemns Kroger Escalation of Attack on Essential Workers by Closing Grocery Stores After Los Angeles Mandates COVID Hazard Pay  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the United…
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December 24, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

Joint Letter to the Nation’s Governors

December 23, 2020 Open Letter to the Nation’s Governors: As we celebrate the great milestone of approved vaccines to protect the country from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are joining forces…
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December 21, 2020 in Coronavirus

DES Announces Child Care Scholarship Program for Essential Workers

PHOENIX - (December 18, 2020) The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced a new program aimed at providing child care resources to essential frontline workers combating COVID-19. The Essential…
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November 24, 2020 in Coronavirus, News

Essential Workers: Now and Always Ad

The word is going out to communities across Arizona: Members of UFCW Local 99 deserve the public’s respect and admiration for their services as “Essential Workers: Now and Always.” This…
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October 30, 2020 in Coronavirus, News

About 20% of grocery store workers had Covid-19, and most didn’t have symptoms, study found

Grocery store work puts employees at serious risk for infection, a new study found, particularly those who have to interact with customers. These workers likely became a “significant transmission source”…
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September 11, 2020 in Coronavirus, News, Press Release

America’s Largest Meatpacking Union Condemns Trump Admin. For Failure to Hold Smithfield Accountable for Outbreak of COVID-19 Worker Deaths and Infections

Union Calls New Trump Admin. Meatpacking Fine a “Slap on the Wrist” After Plant Failed to Protect Workers, With Multiple Deaths and Nearly 1,300 Worker Infections Nationwide: 122 Meatpacking Worker…
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August 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, News, Press Release

Biden Call for National Mask Mandate Highlights Push by America’s Largest Food & Retail Union to Protect Workers on Frontlines of COVID-19

Union for Grocery and Meatpacking Workers Facing Daily Risks in Pandemic Urges Governors to Mandate Masks Nationwide to Combat Spread of COVID-19 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and…
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July 10, 2020 in Coronavirus, News, Townhall

President McLaughlin reports to members on COVID-19 crisis, organizing and negotiations

In his latest telephonic town hall on July 8, President Jim McLaughlin called on Local 99 members to follow the advice of public health experts while confronting the accelerating COVID-19…
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July 3, 2020 in Coronavirus

McLaughlin requests answers: Why are 
companies scaling back COVID protections?

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, we demand the companies continue their commitments to protect employees and the public. In letters to…
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June 25, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

America’s Largest Food & Retail Union Confirms Growing COVID-19 Impact on Frontline Workers 

New Numbers Released: Over last 100 Days – 238 Frontline Worker Deaths from COVID-19, Nearly 29,000 Workers Infected or Exposed in Food and Healthcare Sectors  With Growing Spread of COVID-19,…
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June 3, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

American Farmers, Ranchers and Food Workers Call for Better Worker Protections at Meatpacking Plants to Stop COVID-19 Outbreaks and Protect Food Supply

Diverse Group Makes Urgent Call on Trump Administration to Take Immediate Safety Steps to Prevent Ongoing Spread of COVID-19 Union Announces New Numbers: At Least 44 Meatpacking Worker Deaths and…
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May 22, 2020 in Coronavirus, Townhall

McLaughlin to members: Stay vigilant as states reopen

In a telephonic town hall on May 20, UFCW Local 99 President Jim McLaughlin called on union members to remain vigilant as Arizona, New Mexico and Utah begin to relax…
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May 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

Arizona Enrichment Centers To Offer Child Care To Grocery Store, Food Bank Employees

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey announced today that the Arizona Enrichment Centers Program will expand to offer prioritized child care for the children of grocery store employees and food bank workers.…
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May 11, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

UFCW: Trump Order to Re-Open 14 Meatpacking Plants Fails to Increase Coronavirus Testing and Safety Measures Needed to Protect Food Supply & Workers

America’s Largest Meatpacking Union Calls Rush to Re-Open Plants Without Safety Improvements Dangerous Move for Long-Term Security of U.S. Food Supply Chain Union Announces 30 Meatpacking Worker Deaths, 40 Percent…
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May 11, 2020 in Coronavirus, News, Press Release

Letter to Kroger from Region 8 UFCW Locals Fighting for the continuation of Hero Pay

In a letter to the Vice President of Labor and Associate Relations at Kroger,  President McLaughlin joined other Region 8 local union presidents in calling on Kroger to extend the…
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May 1, 2020 in Coronavirus, Townhall

UFCW Local 99 Summary of Member Telephone Town Hall Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Earlier this week, we held our third Telephone Town Hall. For those of you who were able to join us, you may find this summary helpful…
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April 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

UFCW Calls on All U.S. Governors to Enforce CDC Guidelines to Protect Food Supply and Meatpacking Workers From Coronavirus Outbreak

Union for 250,000 Meatpacking Workers Calls on All States for Immediate Enforcement of Safety Standards As Trump Order Mandates Plants Remain Open WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)…
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April 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

UFCW: Trump Order to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open Must Include Immediate Action to Strengthen Coronavirus Testing and Safety Measures

America’s Largest Meatpacking Union Calls on White House to Immediately Increase Worker Testing, Access to Protective Equipment, and Federal Oversight to Ensure the Safety of All U.S. Meatpacking Plants  WASHINGTON,…
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April 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, Press Release

UFCW Releases Statement on Workers Memorial Day & Announces Worker Deaths from Coronavirus

America’s Largest Retail & Food Union Announces 72 Worker Deaths in Grocery, Retail, Meatpacking, and Other Industries; and Over 5,000 Workers Directly Impacted by Coronavirus During Outbreak WASHINGTON, D.C. –…
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