There is a new executive order from the Governor’s office designating grocery workers as first responders for the purpose of priority covid testing. This is something Local 1459 has pushed for in conjunction with the Mass AFL-CIO State Federation. The program starts April 11, by appointment in West Springfield.
After discussions with management at Wild Oats Co-Op, please see the statement below:
As you know, things are very hectic right now for all grocery workers. Wild Oats members have been going above and beyond to support your community during this trying time. We are expecting things to keep changing quickly, even if we don’t exactly know what the coming days will look like we will continue to be here for you through these times, no matter how crazy things may get.
In order to thank you all for all of your continued hard work, Wild Oats has agreed to provide you all with a temporary $2/hour pay premium for the current and following pay periods (retroactive to March 15, four weeks total for now). While they don’t know for sure what the situation will be in the coming weeks (and it seems likely that we’ll all still be living in these unusual times) they are offering to extend the premium into at least the next pay period.
Also, the Co-Op will continue to excuse employees who need to be absent for reasons related to COVID-19 (either their own or a family member’s) and will be providing paid leave to eligible employees under the new federal legislation, should that be necessary.
Beyond that we will work together to assess things week to week, and will definitely keep you all up to date on any new updates.
Wild Oats is currently providing gloves to workers. Also started curbside pick-up to limit exposure for employees. Wild Oats is allowing employees to participate in “compassionate time off pool”.