United Food & Commercial Workers Letter to BC Government – March 17, 2020
UFCW 1518 calls on BC Government to take action to protect grocery and pharmacy workers
Today, UFCW 1518 sent an urgent letter to BC Minister of Labour Bains calling for several emergency actions to protect grocery and pharmacy store workers.
“Grocery store and pharmacy workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis,” said President Kim Novak, “they are bravely facing extraordinary challenges to keep Canadians fed and get them the essential supplies they need. They deserve government action to help keep themselves and the public safe.”
The letter demands that the BC Government take action to help workers who may become sick as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. It asks for extra precautionary measures to prevent illness from spreading in grocery stores and pharmacies. Finally, it calls for urgent discussions to help workers with childcare needs including offering paid family leave.
The measures that UFCW 1518 is asking for include:
- Temporarily ban reusable bags
Enact a temporary ban on reusable bags in grocery stores and pharmacies. These bags can act as vectors for the COVID-19 contagion, spreading the virus from location to location.
Implementing these important measures will help front-line grocery and pharmacy workers to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
Click here to read a full copy of the letter that was sent to Minister Bains.
UFCW 1518 represents over 23,000 members working across BC & the Yukon. We are known as the leading experts on workers’ rights in the retail and industrial foods industries. If you want to learn more about UFCW 1518 and what a union can do to help bring positive change to your workplace please visit: ufcw1518.com/join-us