With the recent upsurge in positive case diagnosis for COVID-19, combined with increasing feedback from our associates and customers, Kroger announced that facial coverings will now be required for ALL customers across all stores effective July 22, 2020.
The Kroger mask policy will require that masks be worn by customers in the stores even if not required by local and/or state laws.
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Stater Bros announced yesterday they would extend the $2.00 per hour appreciation pay to July 5th, 2020.
Stater Bros will also give hourly employees a $100 Stater Bros Gift Card.
If you could not be on last night's COVID-19 Information Telephone Town Hall, you could listen to the Audio by clicking here.
Gelson's announce they will continue the extra $2 per hour through July 5th, 2020.
UFCW Local 1167 has scheduled a Kaiser Permanente Physician to hold a Tele Townhall on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 5 pm to answer any questions or concerns members may have regarding the COVID-19 Virus.
All UFCW Local 1167 members will be called at the phone number Local 1167 has on file.
Taking part in the call is easy, if you are interested, all, you have to do is answer your phone.
Today, Albertsons / Safeway announced they have decided to end the $2 per hour Appreciation Pay starting Saturday, June 13, 2019.
They have agreed to issue workers a one-time bonus equal to $4 per hour for employee's average hours worked per week between March 15 and June 13. 2020.
Workers who averaged less than 15 hours a week for this period will be credited with a minimum average of 15 hours per week for the bonus.
Gelson's has announced they would extend the $2.00 per hour for qualifying employees through June 28th, 2020.
Stater Bros announced today they would extend the $2.00 per hour appreciation pay to June 28th, 2020.
Albertsons/Vons announced today they would be extending appreciation pay until June 13, 2020.
UFCW Local 1167 Bloomington General Membership Meetings will restart with June 24, 2020 meeting, with Social Distancing guidelines.
Outlying area Membership Meetings and New Member Meetings remain suspended until further notice.
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Gelson's announce they will continue the extra $2 per hour through June 14th, 2020.
Stater Bros. extends the $2/hr. wage incentive for all hours worked for all of the company’s hourly employees that work in the stores, distribution, transportation, corporate offices, and construction through Sunday, June 14, 2020.
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• Thank You Pay will be paid over two installments to hourly, frontline associates in retail stores, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, central fills, pharmacies and call centers who are active associates as of May 23.
• Full time associates working an average of 30 hours or more per week will receive $400, paid in two $200 installments. • Part time associates working an average of 29.9 hours or less per week (including overtime) will receive $200, paid in two $100 installments.
• However, part time associates working an average of 30 hours or more per week (including overtime) will receive $400, paid in two $200 installments. Average hours will be calculated based on time worked during the weeks of May 3 and May 10.
• Active associates as of May 23 will be eligible for both installments of Thank You Pay based on their status and/or average number of hours worked per week during the measurement period.
• The first installment of Thank You Pay will be paid out on May 28 in the same manner as your normal paycheck (e.g. paper check, direct deposit, global cash card, etc.). The second installment will be paid out on June 18.
• It will be taxed as regular pay, not at the higher supplemental tax rate, and no deductions beyond required taxes and other required withholdings will be withheld.
After talks between the union and the company, Albertsons-Safeway has announced they will extend $2/hr premium pay for all workers until May 30th.
Thank you to all of our frontline members. We’ve heard from many that now is the most difficult time they have ever experienced in their careers, and we recognize your hard work and will continue to fight for the better pay and protections you deserve.
Stater Bros announced today they would extend the $2/hr. wage incentive for all hours worked for all of the company’s hourly employees that work in the stores, distribution, transportation, corporate offices, and construction through Sunday, May 31, 2020.
“The Stater Bros. Family remains committed to serving the needs of Southern California shoppers,” said Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “Every day we are reminded of the unwavering commitment of our employees to the communities and shoppers we serve. We are extremely proud of their dedication and this wage incentive is a recognition of their continued, tremendous efforts,” Van Helden concluded.
To read Stater Bros press release click here
The Child Care Resource Center in San Bernardino County has received additional funding to pay for child care for essential workers who qualify and live in San Bernardino County. This emergency funding is short term for the period of May 1st to June 30th, 2020. If you are interested, click complete the application at https://bit.ly/3cC4qa2.
Child Care Resource Center ha recibido fondos adicionales para pagar el cuidado infantil de los trabajadores esenciales que califican y viven en el condado de San Bernardino. Esta financiación de emergencia es a corto plazo para el período del 1 de mayo al 30 de junio de 2020. Si está interesado, complete la solicitud en https://bit.ly/3cC4qa2
NEW INFORMATION: Read about NEW Child Care for Essential Workers and CAL/OSHA SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDANCE COVID-19 for Infection prevention in Grocery Stores. Riverside City Council Passes NEW Essential Worker Protections.
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An executive order signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom will make it easier for grocery workers and other essential personnel to obtain childcare and receive federal food assistance for their families.
The governor’s order allows the state’s Department of Social Services to waive certain priorities that otherwise might prevent childcare and afterschool programs from serving children of essential infrastructure workers.
The order also enables the state to take advantage of new federal flexibility to provide pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to children. Specifically, the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education will share information to identify students who may be eligible for the pandemic SNAP benefit.
“Gov. Newsom did the right thing,” said Joe Duffle, president of UFCW Local 1167. “His actions provide critical support for our heroes on the front lines of this public health emergency.”
“We are grateful the governor understands that those who work in groceries and drug stores deserve recognition as essential personnel,” President Duffle continued. “They deserve credit for their courage and hard work in making sure the public has access to food, medicine and supplies.”
Since day one of the COVID-19 crisis, your UFCW Locals have been fighting and arguing for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE includes masks, gloves, and plastic check stand guards.
Many employers have agreed and ordered masks and gloves, which should be in stores this week if you haven’t already received them. Many employers have already installed barriers at the check stand as well.
We have tried to order them at the local union office, and we have been given an estimated 3 to 4 weeks delivery timeline because the Federal government has taken a large number of Masks for use by front line hospital workers.
As a Union, we have made our case to all local, state, and federal representatives that our members are on the front line, and you should have immediate access to PPE.
We have been unapologetic in our demands to the Companies as well as our elected officials in the region regarding your safety!
Your health and safety is our number one goal. Please be safe and be well.
As always, should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your Union Representative at 909-877-5000.
The UFCW's current collective bargaining agreements with Ralphs and Food 4 Less will dictate how overtime is paid and the premium pay on all overtime hours will be $3.00 on those overtime hours.
This will be a separate line item on our members checks and will be taxed at normal tax rates.
The premium will be from March 29th through April 18th and will be reevaluated at that time. ($2.00 paid up to 40hrs/ $3.00 on all overtime hours)
Safety within Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores
Kroger will provide Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores with forehead thermometers. If an employee has a temperature of 100.4, they will be sent home and asked to see a Dr.
Kroger has ordered 7 million masks that will be delivered on April 11th and sent to the stores, they currently have 300,000 masks on hand that are ready to be sent to Ralphs and Food 4 Less on April 9th.
Kroger curently has 50,000 cases of gloves on hand.
If you have any questions, please contact your union representative.
Tell Gov. Gavin Newsom to Take Executive Action to Support Grocery and Pharmacy Store Workers.
Summary: Governor, employers acknowledge workers at supermarkets and drug stores, provide compensation, support and respect they deserve on front lines against pandemic
President Joe Duffle calls for ‘kindness and civility’ in stores
March 26, 2020
Responding to requests by UFCW unions and their allies, California’s government and employers have taken dramatic steps in the past week to reward workers in supermarkets and drug stores, protect their health and give them the compensation, support and respect they deserve on the front lines of the pandemic.
“This global health crisis underscores the essential support to our communities provided by grocery workers, pharmacists, delivery drivers, food processors and others courageously rising to meet the challenges of this outbreak. Increasing pay for those on the frontlines is critical,” said Joe Duffle, President of UFCW Local 1167.
Here is a brief summary of recent events in the rapidly evolving story:
• Seeking kindness and civility toward workers — President Duffle said “working together, our communities will get through this crisis. Let’s treat each other with kindness and civility, keeping in mind we are all neighbors and friends doing the best we can.”
“Our union’s members put themselves on the line every day to ensure we have safe, efficient and equitable access to food, medicine and essential goods,” President Joe Duffle said.
“They do this in extremely stressful circumstances with panicked shoppers needlessly stripping the shelves and acting rudely to each other as well as the employees.”
Duffle noted that the supply chains for supermarkets and drug stores remain robust and deliveries of products arrive on a daily basis.
“There’s no reason to panic and no reason to hoard,” President Duffle said. “There’ll be plenty for everyone if we all shop for the week ahead.”