NEW YORK (AP) – The nation’s largest food and retail union urges more than 60 retail and grocery chains to implement tougher measures to help protect hourly workers amid a wave of viral infections and the new omicron variant.
The Union of Food and Commercial Workers said in a letter to CEOs of Walmart, Kroger and others that they should reinstate social distancing protocols and urge customers to wear masks in all places. . It is also pushing chains to provide paid sick leave benefits to encourage workers to get vaccinated initially or to be reminded if a reaction occurs. The union, which has 1.3 million members, also said companies should further increase workers’ hourly wages to mitigate the impact of soaring prices for food and other commodities.