Grocery workers seek better pay and conditions as chains reap huge profits

By Michael Sainato Source: The Guardian After more than two years as essential workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, grocery store workers around the US are pressuring supermarket corporations to raise wages and improve working conditions amid record profits for the industry. Ahead of the expiration of their [...]

2022-03-01T18:12:07-08:00March 1st, 2022|Tags: , , |

Grocery workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic. Now supermarket shootings are on the rise.

By Joanna Slater, Laura Reiley, Caroline Anders and María Luisa Paúl Source: The Washington Post These days, when Eddie Chavez supervises the self-checkout area at the Safeway supermarket where he works in Colorado, he swivels his head back and forth like a pendulum, keeping a constant watch on everyone who comes [...]

2021-09-27T23:07:24-07:00September 27th, 2021|Tags: , , |

For Oregon’s Grocery Workers, A Long Wait For Vaccination

As of this week, Oregon has administered one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. But Governor Brown’s plan designates that grocery workers in Oregon aren’t eligible for vaccination until May 1st. For the last year, most people have dramatically decreased the number of interactions they have outside their immediate family. A [...]

2021-05-13T15:04:39-07:00March 8th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Supermarket workers feel alone and unrecognized over COVID-19: ‘Is today the day I get the virus?’

A year ago this month, during the early days of the pandemic, Susan Hernandez, a cashier at Food 4 Less in North Hollywood, found herself in a sea of panic-buying shoppers. The coronavirus hadn’t claimed any lives yet in Southern California, but the scenes in stores gave a certain dawn-of-the-apocalypse [...]

2021-02-17T19:49:07-08:00February 17th, 2021|Tags: , |

An unexpected pitfall for some cities’ mandatory hazard pay for essential workers

Despite the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, hazards for frontline workers continue. Early in the pandemic, many large companies increased pay for essential workers, but many of those raises have now expired. Seattle and several cities across California have passed mandatory hazard pay for employees at some large grocers, a move [...]

2021-02-17T19:31:33-08:00February 17th, 2021|Tags: , , |

‘‘We Are Forgotten”: Grocery Workers Hope for Higher Pay and Vaccinations

It has been an exhausting 10 months for Toni Ward Sockwell, an assistant manager at Cash Saver, a grocery chain, in Guthrie, Oklahoma. She has been helping to oversee about 40 anxious employees during a deadly pandemic, vigilantly disinfecting counters at the store and worrying about passing the coronavirus to [...]

2021-02-09T17:20:25-08:00February 9th, 2021|Tags: , , |
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