The UFCW and Stop & Shop also announced that a 10 percent increase in pay for union hourly store associates would be extended through May 30. The UFCW and Stop & Shop first announced the pay increase on March 22, along with flexible hours for associates and up to two weeks of additional paid sick leave for associates required to quarantine by government authorities or by the company.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid released the following statement:
“Stop & Shop workers, who are also UFCW members across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, have worked to make sure that families have the food and groceries they need during these difficult times. Make no mistake, Stop & Shop associates are essential workers and they deserve essential protections.
“Stop & Shop and the UFCW have worked together to provide these workers with benefits and protections during this health crisis, including emergency pay raises, additional paid sick leave, and access to KN95 masks and face shields, but even more can be done for these workers.
“We are urgently requesting our nation’s state and federal leaders to temporarily designate these workers as first responders or emergency personnel. This critical status would help ensure our state’s essential grocery workers have priority access to testing, emergency childcare, and other protections to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.
“For the sake of workers, their families, and our nation’s food supply, this action will provide grocery workers with the vital protections they deserve.”
You can read more about the UFCW’s effort to protect our members and the customers they serve here.