AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - 3-19-2020

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

President Niccollai reported today that the Local Union Office is fully staffed on a daily basis, and that Union Delegates are out in the stores working with the members to resolve problems and answer questions.  As you might imagine, the situation is chaotic; our members continue to do an amazing job in supplying customers and their families with the purchase of food products.  Hoarding still continues and many of our Companies have limited or restricted the quantity of purchases so that the supply chain will be better distributed among the customer base.

We have been working with our International Union to help pass Federal Legislation providing paid sick leave.  Unfortunately, one of the laws enacted applies only to Companies with less than 500 employees.  This would appear counterproductive since obviously the largest Employers have the most people affected, and are better able to provide additional paid sick time.  We will keep our members informed as we pressure our law makers to pass legislation that is equitable for everyone.

It would be impossible to cite here the number of problems and issues that your Union is encountering on a daily basis, in our untiring efforts to properly protect and represent the membership.  Matters are being taken up on an individual basis as they arise, and we are constantly contacting our Employers with situations that we view as detrimental to the membership.

Again, please be aware that we are here on a daily basis to handle your problems and questions.  Our foremost concern right now is the fact that the membership should be working smartly and safely during this pandemic.  We all have concerns, and if we follow the Center for Disease Control mandates we will get through these trying times, and concepts of normalcy will once again emerge.