A message from President Loveall: Strange Days
These are strange days, unprecedented really. It's hard to wrap our minds around the changes we’ve seen in our lives, in our communities and throughout the world since we learned of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
I also know it’s been very difficult for you, as someone on the front lines, dealing with the issues associated with COVID-19, but I’d like you to know, from the very beginning, your Union has been working on your behalf. The laws and guidelines are changing almost daily. We’re continuing to advocate for your health, we’re having breakthroughs with the governor’s office in terms of expanding resources and the definition of “first responders” for people in the grocery industry.
Governor Gavin Newsom:
“The grocery lines are also the front lines in the pandemic … a lot of folks could easily dial it in, file for unemployment insurance, call it a day, and wait for this thing to pass. But there’s dignity with work and no one that I know of in this essential workforce has done that. And with dignity comes respect and admiration because you’ve not only dignified yourselves as frontline grocery workers, but you’ve done it at a great cost. You’ve put your personal health on the line every single day. You are essential and you’re valued and I want, from the bottom of my heart, to extend my deep admiration and appreciation to you and everybody else that every day are unsung heroes that need to be called out at this moment, for meeting this moment.”
All of this is working. Stay the course, do your part, stay strong, stay healthy, remember that we’re here for you, and this too shall pass.