• United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000

    Serving the hard-working men and women of Oklahoma and North Texas

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    Kroger Safety Update

    Here is a list of additional steps that Kroger is taking to enhance safety in the stores:

    • Enhancing daily sanitation practices, including cleaning commonly used areas more often like cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters and shelves. 
    • Encouraging employees to closely monitor their health. If you exhibit flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue) at work, you should go home and contact your doctor. If you have flu-like symptoms at home, you should contact your manager and stay home from work. 
    • Installing of protective plexiglass screens at check lanes, pharmacy and Starbucks registers across the company. All installations are expected to be complete within the next few days. 
    • Adding floor decals to promote physical distancing at check lanes and other counters. 
    • Following a change in CDC guidance, encouraging you to wear protective masks and gloves, and trying to secure these resources for you. 
    • Messaging about healthy habits via in-store radio to encourage customers to practice good hygiene and social distancing. 
    • Beginning Tuesday, April 7, Kroger stores will begin limiting the number of people to 50% of building code capacity to allow for proper physical distancing in a variety of formats. 
    • Kroger will monitor the number of customers per square foot in stores using QueVision technology, which already provides an accurate count of the number of customers entering and exiting stores. 
    • Kroger following local ordinances in cities that mandate employee temperature checks. 
    • Installing signage at entrances reminding customers to stay home if sick. 
    • Testing one-way aisles in select markets to determine its effectiveness as a measure to further support physical distancing. 
    • Kroger continues to advocate to government officials at all levels for help securing a priority place in line for all grocery workers - after health care workers - to have access to protective masks and gloves. 
    • Pharmacies are temporarily waiving fees for prescription delivery via mail or courier. 
    • Expanded the Emergency Leave Guidelines, allowing paid time off if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed under mandatory quarantine and paid time off for self-isolation and symptoms as verified by an accredited health care professional. All eligible associates will receive their standard pay for up to two weeks (14 days). 

    Childcare: Texas Deems Grocery Workers Essential!

    Working parents have been hit very hard during this coronavirus outbreak. Many of you told us that you needed help.

     

    The situation grew more dire yesterday when Governor Abbott closed Texas schools through May 4th.

     

    UFCW has been lobbying publicly and privately for Governor Abbott to name grocery workers as essential workers, and he did so yesterday.

     

    You are essential! This status means that every grocery worker in Texas now qualifies for free or subsidized child-care through the State of Texas!

    Local 1000 is proud to have fought for this status for you. Please go to these websites below to find childcare providers and access this benefit.

     

    Tarrant County: https://bestplace4kids.com/

     

    Dallas County: http://cca.childcaregroup.org/ccg/CMS/Page/808

     

    Denton and Collin County: https://dfwjobs.com/…/child-care-paren…/child-care-providers

    Kroger Agrees to $2/Hour Hero Bonus; Safety Standards

    Hundreds of thousands of Kroger workers like you, across America, have made their voices heard! Kroger has agreed to two dollars an hour of additional pay starting March 29th until April 19th. The extra pay will appear as separate line items on subsequent pay periods beginning on April 10th and will apply to overtime hours as well. Kroger will reevaluate at the end of the three weeks whether the extra pay will continue.

    You deserve the extra pay because you are putting your life on the line to do your job, and we thank you.

    Kroger Update

    We are working on your behalf every day with Kroger to get you the pay, benefits, and protections you deserve.

    • The $300 bonus will be payable to more workers, not just full-timers, as long as they averaged 30 hours or more for the last 7 weeks, were hired before March 1st, and are on payroll March 30th. Checks will be cut April 3rd and taxed at the regular rate. This greatly expands the amount of workers that will qualify. 
     
    • Kroger is committing to cleaning and sanitizing checkstands every fifteen to thirty minutes. Additional cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been put in place as well as additional sanitizing stations for customers. Each store has messaging over the PA system that instructs associates to wash their hands and sanitize their registers every 30 minutes. 
     
    • Masks and gloves are approved, though Kroger cannot provide them because of shortages until April - they are ordering millions of masks.

     

    If you are trying to use paid sick leave under Kroger's coronavirus policy in North Texas, you do not call MET-LIFE. You speak to the store manager and/or District HR representative directly and provide your doctor's notes directing you to self-quarantine. If you are high risk and/or experiencing symptoms like a fever and dry cough, don't go to work and contact the store manager and your union representative by phone (within two hours of your scheduled shift). If you have specific circumstances that need attention, let us know right away at 817-421-1003 or grievances@ufcw1000.org.

     

    Thank you for what you are doing and please know we are advocating for you on a daily basis.

     

    Homeland Member Update

    Thank you for what you are doing UFCW family. We have been advocating on your behalf every day of this crisis and we're proud to tell you that HAC has

    agreed to a $100 per week "Hero Pay" to all hourly store employee beginning the week ending April 4 through May 9th.

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    You are putting your life on the line and we appreciate you. You've earned this extra pay.

    As a reminder, here are other benefits and protections we've been able to secure:

    • A new sick leave policy will be in effect for hourly employees hired prior to March 15, 2020. For all employees who are paid hourly, HAC will provide special paid time off for up to ten working days:
      1. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by your medical provider or by a health authority.
      2. If you are placed under a mandatory quarantine by your medical provider or by a public health authority due to COVID-19.
      3. If you need time off to provide primary care for a loved one who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is under quarantine
    • Though the policy does not outline this, if you have symptoms of a fever, dry cough, etc, you should immediately seek medical attention and alert your supervisor and store management. Any other special considerations or questions should also be brought to store management AND your union representative.
    • HAC has committed to the availability of hand sanitizer throughout the stores, will provide gloves for all employees' use, authorizing the use of masks, added safe social distance signage on the floors near many of the front ends and service departments, etc.

    • HAC has relaxed their general attendance policies, and request you talk directly with your supervisor for unique or special situations.  
    • HAC will continue to roll out plexiglass barriers for more safety in the checkstands. 
    • Care-1000, your health insurance plan, will pay for coronavirus testing without copays. 

     

    Call us at 817-421-1003 or email usat grievances@ufcw1000.org with any issues. The hero bonus payments will be paper checks arriving weekly (regular taxes will be taken out).

    Office Closure

    Out of caution during the Coronavirus state of emergency, the UFCW Local 1000 office is closed until further notice, however that date could change based on guidance from local and federal authorities.

     

    We remain committed to servicing our members through this state of emergency while also doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

     

    Your union representatives are still available over the phone during regular business hours. Please do not hesitate to call our headquarters at 817-421-1003.

     

    You can also contact us through our website and a union representative will follow up with you (grievances@ufcw1000.org).

    We will post any updates to our Facebook page and website as we move forward. As always, thank you for being part of our union family.

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  • Our Local Union Officers and Staff

    Ricky Burris

    President

    local1000@ufcw1000.org

    Casey Williams

    Secretary Treasurer

    caseywilliams@ufcw1000.org

    Robert Loghry

    Vice President - Service Director

    robertloghry@ufcw1000.org

    Richard Hanna

    Vice President - Grievance Director

    richardhanna@ufcw1000.org

    Anthony Elmo

    Communications and Political Director

    anthonyelmo@ufcw1000.org

    John Gardner

    TX Union Representative

    johngardner@ufcw1000.org

    Jessie Irons

    TX Union Representative

    jessieirons@ufcw1000.org

    Rudy Anderson

    TX Union Representative

    rudyanderson@ufcw1000.org

    Julian Acosta

    TX Union Representative

    julianacosta@ufcw1000.org

    Karen Munoz

    TX Union Representative

    karenmunoz@ufcw1000.org

    Twan Brown

    TX Union Representative

    twanbrown@ufcw1000.org

    Victor Bowling

    TX Union Representative

    victorbowling@ufcw1000.org

    Cassidee Griffin

    TX Union Representative

    cassideegriffin@ufcw1000.org

    Fitz Jennings

    OK Union Representative

    fitzjennings@ufcw1000.org

    Joe Lee

    OK Union Representative

    joelee@ufcw1000.org

    Debra Donwerth

    OK Union Representative

    debradonwerth@ufcw1000.org

    Bricia Garcia

    Organizer

    briciagarcia@ufcw1000.org

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