The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19, or coronavirus, a pandemic. Certain reports in the press and on social media have given rise to considerable panic among the public, including the hoarding of basic foodstuffs and household supplies. These circumstances directly affect our members in their workplaces.
UFCW Local 401 members work on the front lines of our country’s food, healthcare, and services systems, interacting with the public every day. They provide key services to our communities.
While the risk of catching COVID-19 remains low in Canada, we must not underestimate the pandemic’s many impacts.
UFCW Local 401 has been monitoring the development of COVID-19 and has been working with employers, policymakers, and community partners to ensure that the health, safety, and economic security of our members remain at the forefront of policy decisions and practices – in the workplace and in the public.
We invite UFCW Local 401 members to visit our website for the most UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION we’ve been receiving from employers, resources from health authorities and government sources, and details on our continued advocacy efforts, both in Alberta and across Canada through our National Office.
When decisions are being made about how to deal with the pandemic, the voices and interests of workers must be heard loud and clear.
We are currently advocating for a number of immediate policy changes from governments and public agencies, including:
We are also calling on employers to implement robust and proactive labour relations and health and safety policies, including:
Right now, our communities need us, but we continue to call on employers and policymakers to work with us to ensure the health, safety, and economic security of our members.
As we all work to contain and minimize the impact of COVID-19, it is important to care for one another. To help prevent and slow the transmission of the virus, we join health authorities and organizations in recommending the following practices:
The pandemic response is everyone’s responsibility, and we all have important roles to play. If you have any questions on this matter, please reach out to your Union Labour Relations Officer, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
President, UFCW Local 401
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 401
With 32,000 members, UFCW Local 401 is Alberta’s largest and most diverse private-sector union. UFCW Local 401 members work in industries as diverse as retail, food processing, warehousing, healthcare, and education.
Posted on: March 13,2020