On Tuesday, August 4th we joined together with Essential Workers from UFCW 7, UFCW 21, UFCW 324, and UFCW 770 for a live online rally for fair pay and safety. If you missed it, watch it here!
As Essential Workers, our work helps take care of our communities and makes them safer and more healthy. But it has become tougher to make ends meet.
We’ve joined together as union members, taking the first step to show the corporate giants that you work for that we are strong and united. The corporations are profitable because of you. Without you, they cannot exist. This is power. This is strength.
UFCW members have introduced the Essential Workers’ Bill of Rights. A platform that together we fight for, one that recognizes the value of essential workers and is achievable when we work together. We’re calling for your support!
Supporting Essential Workers means standing up for fairness and demanding a simple Bill of Rights. This bill of rights includes:
Article 1: RIGHT TO BETTER WAGES We have a right to fair pay so we can afford food, clothing, a place to live, and the other necessities we need to live our lives and support our families. Better wages mean that current workers can be given the opportunity to move into higher-paying jobs and have their time with the company recognized.
Article 2: RIGHT TO LIFE OUTSIDE WORK We have a right to a life outside of work including two dependable days a week for ourselves, our families, our places of worship, and our communities.
Article 3: RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE We have a right to an affordable health care plan that helps us stay well and takes care of us when we are ill.
Article 4: RIGHT TO RETIREMENT We have a right to a dependable pension so we can retire with dignity.
Article 5: RIGHT TO PAID SICK DAYS We have a right to paid sick days when we are sick so we can stay at home, get well, and contribute to a healthy food supply. Nobody should have to choose between staying home and caring for themselves or a sick family member and paying the rent.
Article 6: RIGHT TO JOB SECURITY We have a right to protection against unjust firing or demotion, and unfair discipline.
Article 7: RIGHT TO SAFE WORKPLACES We have a right to decent and safe working conditions. This includes basic humane treatment including rest breaks and worker safety protections.
Article 8: RIGHT TO A VOICE ON THE JOB We have a right to a voice in the workplace when we choose to have a union, without any interference by our employers.
Article 9: RIGHT TO HEALTHY FOOD Grocery workers and our customers have a right to safe and healthy food in the stores where we work and shop.
Article 10: RIGHT TO MORE HOURS We have a right to a dependable number of hours of work each week so that we can predict our paycheck, manage our household budgets, and be able to pay our bills.