As the coronavirus continues to unfold throughout the U.S., setting one other day by day report quantity of instances, a strike looms at one of the nation’s largest meals distributors — which threatens to disrupt provides to main grocery shops throughout the tri-state space.
Warehouse staff and supply staff at United Natural Foods say the corporate has been violating federal labor legal guidelines and never complying with COVID-19 security tips. Over 120 of staff in New York’s Hudson Valley have voted to strike, in line with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The union says UNFI has failed to offer staff with protecting tools and cleansing provides.
“UNFI ought to be doing every part it might to maintain households secure at Thanksgiving, however we’re frightened that the corporate’s negligence might contribute to COVID-19 spikes, and UNFI staff are able to do no matter it takes to guard our communities, particularly as we enter the vacation season,” President of Teamsters Local 445 Dan Maldonado mentioned in a information launch.
The union says the work stoppages “could start at any time.”
If hundreds of UNFI staff in seven states go on strike, it might result in poorly stocked cabinets at main meals retailers in New York City and the better tri-state space forward of the often busy vacation season.
Stores that obtain merchandise from UNFI embrace Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize’s Stop & Shop, Allegiance Retail Services’ Foodtown, Park Slope Food Co-Op, and a whole lot of different grocery shops, the union mentioned.
Service staff like these at UNFI have turn out to be frontline staff amid the pandemic. Back in May, hundreds of staff at Amazon, Whole Foods, Target, Fedex and different firms walked off the job or name out sick in cities throughout the U.S. to demand unpaid break day work, hazard pay, sick depart, protecting gear and cleansing provides.