Local 88 Members,
There are some of our brother and sister members of UFCW Local 88 and UFCW Local 655 who have tested positive for COVID-19. I am in constant communication with Local 655 President Dave Cook and your Companies. Your Employers are putting in place policies to protect you and the community as we navigate our way through this uncharted territory and Local 88 is in agreement with these policies.
You will notice in the coming days that Schnucks and Dierbergs are putting forth the best practices as we know today. You will hear on the news and Social media about what other Companies are doing. There is not a manual that we can refer to and no one company has all the answers. Your company does care about you and is taking the necessary steps to protect you and your community. There is no one alive that remembers the pandemic of 1918. You along with your companies are writing the history book now. You are on the front line providing essential goods to your community and your Company is putting in place new protocols along with protective equipment to protect you and the community should any more of our brothers and sisters get sick. It is critical that you take precautions like covering your face properly and not going to work if you are sick.
However even with all these precautions it is likely that more Local 88, Local 655 and Local 74 members will test positive for this virus in the coming days and weeks. We are truly in this together and we will get through this. This is a difficult time for all of you in the stores and I along with everyone in your communities, give you a heartfelt THANK YOU! I have never been prouder of all my fellow Union Sisters and Brothers on the front line of the grocery stores. YOU are the heroes on the front-line providing food which is considered the most basic need for life.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to your Union Rep. We are here for you and know that we are constantly working on your behalf in these very trying times.
Note that all in-person Membership Meetings have been cancelled. All Meetings will be by Facebook Live on the regular schedule until further notice. Monday April 13, 6:30 pm. Is our next meeting. Please let all your fellow Local 88 members know. We will have the most up to date information and will be able to answer your questions via Facebook messenger.
UFCW Local 88 President