Petition to keep Hazard Pay for Stop & Shop Workers

THE HAZARD PAY IS GONE. THE HAZARD IS NOT!

After months of negotiating to keep hazard pay beyond July 4th, Stop and Shop announced they will discontinue the hazard pay premium for all employees despite the growing number of COVID-19 infection cases around the country.

Speaking Together We Can Stand Up for Our Essential Grocery Workers:

  • Our members continue to put their health and safety on the line in exchange for regular pay only.
  • Stop and Shop continues to rake in millions of dollars in profit during the pandemic, yet they refuse to share the profits with its loyal employees.
  • Masks, social distancing and other safety measures are still in effect and so should the hazard pay.

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COVID-19 Update for Stop & Shop

Right now, I’m sure you all have lots of questions about how the company is handling this virus and what rights you have.  We have been working with the company to make sure that everyone is kept as safe as possible, and address any concerns for safety that come up.

Some of the top concerns that we have received from the membership are:

Does my store have to notify me if one of my co-workers tests positive for the virus?

Yes, your store management team should notify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus, but due to HIPPA laws, the store cannot identify the member, unless the member gives permission. We do believe that it is also the store’s responsibility to try to notify any member of the general public who may have come into contact with the sick associate.

Does my store have to shut down if someone in the store tests positive?

While some employers must shut down, as mandated by state and federal regulations, grocery stores are not mandated to shut down. However, the company has assured us that they are working with the local boards of health, and complying with the CDC regulations for properly cleaning and sanitizing, or discarding any products and/or surfaces that the infected member may have come into contact with while at work.

Minimum wage concerns:

On January 1st, 2020, the state minimum wage went up to 12.75/ hour. While this is great for newly hired workers, its not so great for existing and long-term employees who are already above minimum wage. This is an ongoing argument that we will continue to have every time the minimum wage increases. To offset these increases, we have an agreement with the company for a wage compression adjustment this year, in addition to your general wage increases.

If you have not seen the compression rates, please see below for the chart which indicates what level of an adjustment you will receive based on your years of service with the company:

 

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COVID-19 Update for Stop & Shop

Stop and Shop Member update:

Today all members should have received the 10% hazard pay increase in their paychecks. The 10% increase is listed on a separate line on pay stubs with the label: “Nat Emer Pay”. If you do not see this listed on your paycheck/stub, please email me with your full name and store location number so that I can get your pay issue resolved.

cbouchie@ufcw1459.com

 

COVID-19 Update for Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop is offering for employees to apply for Leave of Absence if the employee doesn’t feel comfortable working.  Trying to get Stop & Shop to provide gloves, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizers to everyone.