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By Don Cuppett
Source: Supermarket News

The United Food and Commercial Workers is partnering with the University of Nebraska Medical Center — which took in some of the earliest cruise ship COVID patients — in a study examining how the virus has affected union workers and what to do if a similar pandemic strikes it the future. The ongoing survey has run one year so far.

“What we did find was that our members were twice as likely to be reinfected within that year — and that’s primarily in my view because of the number of people that they came in contact with,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone, backing that up by noting that the early stages of COVID saw dramatic increases in customer count — “stores that had 10,000 customers in a week might be seeing 10,000 customers in a day, and we had a higher infection rate than the rest of society.”

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