On Thursday, April 16th, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order providing paid sick leave to all workers in California’s food chain to keep workers and the community safe during the pandemic.
The order applies to all food sector companies with more than 500 employees. Food sector workers include farmworkers, agricultural workers, food manufacturing and processing workers, grocery store and fast-food workers, as well as delivery drivers.
“These workers on the frontlines of this crisis are our unsung heroes for continuing to operate to ensure that Californians have food on their tables during these challenging times, and we must do everything in our power to make sure they are taken care of at home and in the workplace. Making sure they have paid sick leave and added protections in their place of work is critical,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
“Now more than ever, grocery workers are essential to the daily lives of Californians. The governor’s executive order mandating two weeks of paid leave delivers a basic level of security for workers facing exposure to COVID-19 as they perform their essential role on the frontlines of this pandemic. It is crucial that workers who may be ill can stay home to take care of themselves and prevent the spread of the virus. We’re proud to have worked tirelessly for this agreement to keep our members and all food chain worker safe.” said Andrew Zinder, president of UFCW Local 324.
Click here to view the full Executive Order.