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This is the latest update from President Whille as of Tuesday, April 7th.

Governors Murphy and Cuomo, the Surgeon General and top medical professionals in the Nation, have declared the next couple of weeks to be a critical time in our fight to control this dreaded virus.

You, the members of Local 1262, are critical to maintaining the food supply necessary to sustain our families, friends and neighbors.  You have fears and concerns more than everyone else.

  • I want to assure you we will get through this together.
  • I want to assure you that Local 1262’s staff is available seven days a week.
  • I want to assure you that we are keeping in touch with your Employers

looking for solutions to make your job safer.

In closing, I would like to say, stay safe, keep the faith and stay healthy.

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Monday, April 6th.

For State updates and benefits that you may be entitled to, New Jersey members can go to www.nj.gov and New York members can go to www.ny.gov.

President Whille has spoken to your Employers emphasizing the need for additional gloves, masks, plexiglass shields and most importantly, the enforcement of social distancing.  A number of Employers have responded positively by distributing masks and instituting social distance policies.  President Whille continues to stress the need for a social distancing monitor to be appointed in each location.

Any concerns you may have at your particular location, please call your Union Representative at 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states).  We are here for you seven days a week and as always, be safe.

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. 

President Whille has spoken to your Employers emphasizing the need for additional gloves, masks, plexiglass shields and most importantly, the enforcement of social distancing.

A number of Employers have responded positively by distributing masks and instituting social distance policies.  President Whille continues to stress the need for a social distancing monitor to be appointed in each location.

Any concerns you may have at your particular location, please call your Union Representative at 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states).  We are here for you seven days a week and as always, be safe.

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m.

Once again, let me begin by sincerely thanking you — and all our members — for everything you are doing to help your customers, our community, and your country through this unprecedented health crisis.

You are on the front lines of this crisis and you are proving how invaluable your work is and the vital role our union members play in times like these.  As things change and the situation becomes fluid, I want to reassure you that – as always — Local 1262’s officers and staff are here for you seven days a week.  If you have any concerns or issues please call 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states) and a Union Representative will be in touch with you  shortly.

As always it is a privilege to represent you. Stay strong, stay safe and stand together in solidarity.

COVID-19 Press Information

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

April 2, 2020                                                                                              

 

CONTACT: Christine Lee

Press Office: Governor’s Office 

Email: Christine.Lee@nj.gov

 

Murphy Administration Launches Emergency Child Care Assistance Program

All ‘Essential’ Workers Qualify for Assistance Once Registered

TRENTON – Administration officials with the New Jersey Departments of Children and Families (DCF) and Human Services (DHS) yesterday issued guidance for the Emergency Child Care Assistance Program for children of workers designated as ‘essential’ under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 110.

Through this program, the state will help support child care costs for essential workers. In order to participate, essential employees who wish to utilize emergency care services must complete an online registration form available at www.childcarenj.gov/emergency.  The State-supported, county-based Child Care Resource and Referral agencies will reach out to those who register to assist with enrollment and placement.

Executive Order 110 directed the closure of all childcare centers except for those on federal property or military bases, family-based centers caring for five or fewer children, and any centers that register to exclusively provide emergency child care services to essential personnel. Following a registration process last week, nearly 600 childcare agencies statewide have been certified by DCF to provide emergency child care services.

“Our essential workers are keeping our state running every day and every night,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “We are establishing this new Emergency Child Care Program to support them and their families as they continue to serve the residents of New Jersey.”

“Safe, dependable and affordable childcare is vital to working families, particularly now, as so many parents are being called to serve their state in critical roles during a pandemic,” said DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer. “These childcare centers are fulfilling a necessary function and giving parents across the state the peace of mind to go to work knowing their child is with licensed, reliable and skilled professionals.”

“Child care providers and staff who care for the children of essential workers are vitally important to our children and to the state’s response during this ongoing emergency,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “We thank child care workers for their hard work and commitment, especially during this difficult time. We urge essential workers who need child care to visit www.childcarenj.gov/emergency. ”

For the month of April, under this program, the state will pay the following rates per week. Once final details are available on federal funds available through the CARES Act, this information will be updated for future months.

 

State Rate for Emergency Care
INFANT $450.35
TODDLER $415.70
PRESCHOOL $415.70
SCHOOL-AGE $336.00
Full-time weekly rate for one child

Families choosing a child care center with higher rates will need to pay the balance directly to the provider, but such rates cannot exceed up to a limit of 110 percent of the rate the center charged in February 2020.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 110 defines ‘essential’ workers as:

  • Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health;
  • Law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and correctional facility staff;
  • Individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020;
  • Staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff;
  • Essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and,
  • Certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders, which includes, for example, grocery store and gas station employees.

More information can be found on the ChildcareNJ website.

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Thursday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. and contains four updates.

 

This hotline – as well as other important information for our members is also posted on our web site at www.ufcw1262.org.  During this time of uncertainty, we urge you to share these updates with your coworkers who are part of your Local 1262 Family — including printing and posting in your break rooms.

 

  1. President Whille and the staff of local 1262 continue to monitor social distancing at all stores. President Whille has requested that all employers designate someone to monitor and enforce social distancing.
  2. The Trustees of The Local 1262 & Stop & Shop Health and Welfare Fund, which is comprised of Local 1262 Officers and representatives from the company, announced yesterday that cost-sharing and co-payments for COVID-19 related treatment for Stop & Shop members covered under the fund will be temporarily waived through December 31, 2020.  Complete details will be available as soon as possible on our web site – ufcw1262.org – or the Funds website www.1262funds.org.
  3. Blue Cross/Blue Shield has issued an update on coverage related to COVID-19. The statement is located on our web site as well as the Funds web site (1262funds.org). Specifically members should know that there is enhanced coverage related to COVID-19 and that Telemedicine Options are available. Also members who may be referred to a mental health provider for counselling must go through Beacon Health to ensure that the provider is in our network.
  4. Local 1262’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) continues to reach out to community and other agencies in order to connect our members to resources who can assist them. One of the best resources is the 2-1-1 system which operates in all states and provides callers with live operators who can direct them to appropriate resources. We suggest you check their website first – 211.org – to review their list of services. You can also dial 211 to be connected to an operator. Please be advised that call times may be longer than usual. For a full list of MAP’s Community Resources, please visit our web site.

 

In closing, I want to remind our members that Local 1262’s staff is here to help you seven days a week. Call 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states). A Union Representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We are also in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis.

 

As always it is a privilege to represent you. Stay strong, stay safe and stand together in solidarity.

THIS IS THE LATEST UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT HARVEY WHILLE AS OF Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This hotline – as well as other important information for our members is also posted on our web site at www.ufcw1262.org.  During this time of uncertainty, we urge you to share these updates with your coworkers who are part of your Local 1262 Family — including printing and posting in your break rooms.

 

  1. The Trustees of The Local 1262 & Stop & Shop Health and Welfare Fund, which is comprised of Local 1262 Officers and representatives from the company, today announced that cost-sharing and co-payments for COVID-19 related treatment for Stop & Shop members covered under the fund will be temporarily waived through December 31, 2020.  Complete details will be available as soon as possible on our web site – ufcw1262.org – or the Funds website www.1262funds.org.
  2. Blue Cross/Blue Shield has issued an update on coverage related to COVID-19. The statement is located on our web site as well as the Funds web site (1262funds.org). Specifically members should know that there is enhanced coverage related to COVID-19 and that Telemedicine Options are available. Also members who may be referred to a mental health provider for counselling must go through Beacon Health to ensure that the provider is in our network.
  3. Local 1262’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) continues to reach out to community and other agencies in order to connect our members to resources who can assist them. One of the best resources is the 2-1-1 system which operates in all states and provides callers with live operators who can direct them to appropriate resources. We suggest you check their website first – www.211.org – to review their list of services. You can also dial 211 to be connected to an operator. Please be advised that call times may be longer than usual. For a full list of MAP’s Community Resources, please visit our web site.

 

In closing, I want to remind our members that Local 1262’s staff is here to help you seven days a week. Call 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states). A Union Representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We are also in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis.

 

As always it is a privilege to represent you. Stay strong, stay safe and stand together in solidarity.

 

That concludes this hotline. Thank you for calling Local 1262.

THIS IS THE LATEST UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT HARVEY WHILLE AS OF SUN., MARCH 29
  1. Please remind your co-workers to join Local 1262’s Text Messaging program. Text UPDATES1262 to 83071. This is one of the fastest ways for us to ensure that you have the latest information during this time.
  2. Local 1262 has extended our deadline for Scholarship Applications until May 1, 2020. Please continue to check our web site or hotline for information on possible extensions.
  3. We want to remind you that Local 1262 has a COVID 19 Resource List on our web site with links to some of the most dependable sources of information regarding COVID 19 – including answers to your questions about filing for unemployment, updates on new government programs for workers and more.

As always I would like all of our members to know that Local 1262’s staff is available to answer any of your concerns by calling 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states). A Union Representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We are also in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis.

As always it is a privilege to represent you. Stay strong, stay safe and stand together in solidarity.

COVID 19 GUIDELINES

First I would like to emphasize to our members that Local 1262’s officers and staff are working long and hard to protect your health and safety as well as your job security during the COVID 19 crisis.

If any member finds that they must take time off due to COVID 19 related issues, please be aware that under your contract your are entitled to paid time off in the form of sick, personal and vacation time and you could use that time until we have a definitive answer from the Federal and state governments regarding how these types of absences will be covered.

Additionally, any member who is suspended or terminated from employment should contact their union representative immediately so that we can start the grievance procedure as outlined in your contract.

I would also like to remind our members that Local 1262 is continuing to reach out to elected officials such as Governor Murphy and Governor Cuomo and our Congressional and Senate Representatives to urge them to designate supermarket workers as first responders and to mandate that they receive at least two weeks of paid leave, among other things.

I also want to remind you that Local 1262’s officers and Union Representatives continue to be in touch with your employers on a daily basis to ensure that all CDC mandates are being followed in the stores. If you encounter a situation where you do not believe CDC requirements are being met, please contact your Union Representative immediately.

Lastly, our staff is working hard to provide you with information on community, governmental and other resources that are available to you during this time. Updates and helpful information will be posted to our web site daily, so please remember to check it and to print out and post pertinent information in the break room.

As president of your union, I have always considered it a privilege to represent you and I am proud to be working on your behalf in these trying times. I know, however, that as we have in the past we will emerge stronger than ever.

LOCAL 1262 WEB SITE – WWW.UFCW1262.ORG

HOTLINE – 1-888-GET-1262/1-888-438-1262

ACME CONTRACT NEGOTIATION UPDATE

The contract negotiation meeting with Acme representatives scheduled for Monday, March 16 has been postponed due to the overwhelming amount of activity taking place in the area’s supermarkets. Local 1262 has submitted contract proposals to Acme and will meet with the company once workloads return to normal levels. In the meantime, the company has accepted the contract extension that members voted on at their March 4 meeting. Therefore, the Acme contract — which expires on April 4, 2020 — gwill remain in full effect while the new contract is negotiated. Please check this web site for an update on these negotiations. Acme members with questions about negotiations can contact their Union Representative Ron Whille at 1-800-562-6913, extension 1921.

MARCH IS BID SHEET MONTH

Any Local 1262 member who is interested in obtaining a full-time position or interested in promotion to department manager or other classified positions should place their names on the Bid Sheets posted by your employer during March. Names can be placed on the sheets until March 31. New Bid Sheets will not be posted again until next September. The sheets are typically posted near the time-clocks. If there are no Bid Sheets posted in your store please contact your Union Representative.

 

Two Scholarship Programs for Local 1262 Members & Their Dependents

President Whille is pleased to announce that Local 1262 members and their dependents can now apply for two different scholarship programs – Local 1262’s Annual Scholarship Program and The UFCW International Union Scholarship.

Local 1262’s Scholarship Program is open to Local 1262 members or the children of Local 1262 members who are a senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore or junior in college. You can obtain a Short-Form Application by clicking on the link below.  You can also request a Short-Form application by calling Gladyz Feimster at 973-777-3700, extension 1933.  Once the short-form application has been reviewed for eligibility, a long-form application will be mailed to you.

            The deadline for all materials for the Local 1262 Scholarship Program is Friday, April 17, 2020.

2020 Short Form Application

The UFCW International Charity Foundation Scholarship Program awards several scholarships each year to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20.  The application process for the UFCW International Scholarship is done completely on-line starting on Monday, February 10 and ending on May 10, 2020.  For information on the International Scholarship Program click here.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR UNION CONTRACT?

Call your Union Representative

Calling from New Jersey please dial 1-800-562-6913

Calling from other states please dial 1-800-526-7814      

Note:  This hotline is updated weekly and as needed for breaking news. 

This hotline can also be accessed by calling 1-888-GET-1262.