Albertsons and UFCW Seek First-Responder Status for Grocery Workers

The retailer and its union workers call on state and federal authorities to grant them priority access to safety equipment and other protections as they serve during the COVID-19 crisis.


Big Y to Close for 2 Days Over Easter

To help give staff a much needed rest amid the COVID-19 grocery frenzy, the retailer is extending its Easter holiday observance for associates to two days.

The retailer says enhanced store safety measures, pay and benefit increases, and charitable donations are approaching $200 million.

The retailer issues a $2 hourly increase through April 18. It also announced an increase in sales for March as consumers stock up, then adjust to safety restrictions.

The retailer said it would send home employees with a temperature of 100 or more as it fights the spread of the coronavirus.

WGB's March Endcap guest is concerned that grocery workers’ designation as essential service providers is at risk due to lack of masks, sanitizers and arbitrary communication.

Hard-hit companies such as Hilton, BJ's Restaurants and Regal Cinemas are referring their furloughed workers to Albertsons jobs.

The first-of-its-kind partnership will immediately redeploy interested McDonald's workers at Aldi stores as the coronavirus puts unique strains on both. “Special times require special solutions,” an Aldi spokesman said.

Kroger, Albertsons and Stop & Shop are now among those issuing temporary pay bumps and bonuses for workers, showing "real leadership," union president says.

Walmart, Target, H-E-B announce $2 pay bumps as hiring efforts and rewards for front-line workers step up amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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