Dear Local 2013 Member,
We know everyone is nervous and filled with more questions than answers regarding the Coronavirus and the impact it is having in our everyday lives, both at work and at home.
We are writing to all Employers that we have Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA’s) with to let them know we need to maintain open lines of communication as the impacts to various business unfold. We are also advising them that in the industries that require PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like gloves; face masks; etc., we expect them to have enough inventories to assure that each member requiring this PPE, has it readily available to them.
Further, we are advising them to be understanding of members/workers issues as they relate to child care and the impact school closings may have on people’s ability to report to work or related impact on issues like absenteeism; across the board strict rules of discipline may need to be dealt with in a more understanding tone.
We have also reminded them that our CBA’S are still in effect and need to be adhered to; while we understand the impact that the virus may have on certain industries and businesses, they also need to remember we are here to protect member’s rights.
As things continue to unfold, there may be a need to do things differently, and that is why real time communications are vital. There is an ongoing dialogue with government officials (Local, State, and Federal) to look at what legislative relief can be provided to lessen the economic and financial impact to workers.
As developments occur (almost hourly and daily), we will be looking to keep communications to you the members as current as possible; to that end, you should make sure that we have the most up to date contact information for each member.
This includes phone numbers, email addresses; physical dwelling address. Also, be sure to stay in touch with your Union representatives to get updated information. We know some imparted businesses have already had to implement reduced schedules and in some cases even lay-offs. For assistance with unemployment, please check out the link below.
NJ State: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/
Louis Mark Carotenuto – President
UFCW Local 2013
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