Hotline — Latest News From 1262

LATEST  UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT WHILLE, FRI., MAY 29

  1. President Whille would like to remind our members that Local 1262 has successfully negotiated an agreement with ShopRite and Stop & Shop to extend their COVID-19 Compensation Programs for our members. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our members and continue to fight for what they rightfully deserve.
  2. The deadline for the UFCW International’s Free College Program is this Monday, June 1 for the summer session. Members and their family members can participate in this program which offers a wide variety of associates degrees on-line. For more information or to enroll, visit their web site at www.ufcw.org.
  3. The deadline for Local 1262’s Scholarship Program is also approaching on Monday, June 15. Members and their children who are graduating high school or will be a freshman, sophomore or junior in college can apply.

Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf. If you are having any issues at your workplace please call your Union Representative.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? CALL YOUR UNION REP

    Calling from New Jersey — 1-800-562-6913

Calling from other states — 1-800-526-7814

HEALTH & WELFARE BENEFITS QUESTIONS?

1-800-522-4161
Or visit the H&W Website — Local 1262 H&W Funds

RECENTLY POSTED UPDATES ARE LISTED BELOW:

Thurs., May 28:

    President Harvey Whille announced yesterday that Local 1262 has successfully negotiated an agreement with ShopRite and Stop & Shop to extend their COVID-19 Compensation Programs to our members.

“It has always been Local 1262’s position that our members are putting themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis by serving on this new front line – the aisles and checkouts of our neighborhood grocery stores.

As such it is only right that a compensatory system for these “essential workers” remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Customers are keenly aware of the critical job our members are performing in their community by showing up to work every day under what are less than ideal circumstances so that their neighbors can put food on the table. It is only right that these “heroes” continue to be recognized and compensated appropriately.

Local 1262 will continue to fight for our members and their rights during this unprecedented time. We consider it a privilege to represent such an honorable and applaudable group of people.

Wed., May 27 (9 a.m.):

  1. We would like to remind our members that the UFCW International’s Free College Program is up and running even stronger during COVID-19, helping members and their families obtain their associates degree online FREE. The deadline to register for summer classes is June 1. Visit www.ufcw.org for full details.
  2. Local 1262’s Scholarship Program is still accepting applications from members and their children who are graduating high school or will be a freshman, sophomore or junior in college. The deadline for all materials – including transcripts – has been extended to Monday, June 15.
  3. Another way to “be in the know” is to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources. To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

We would also like to remind our members that our officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf. If you are having any issues at your workplace – or any questions – please call your Union Representative. Calling from New Jersey — 1-800-562-6913. Calling from other states — 1-800-526-7814. For health and welfare questions, call 1-800-522-4161.

 

TUES. MAY 26

We would like to remind our members that our officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf.  We are in touch with your Executive Board Members and Shop Stewards on a daily basis and continue to work with your employers to ascertain that safety and other issues are being addressed.

If you are having any issues at your workplace – or any questions – please call your Union Representative.  Calling from New Jersey — 1-800-562-6913. Calling from other states — 1-800-526-7814.  For health and welfare questions, call 1-800-522-4161.

We also urge you to sign-up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources. To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

 

 

Mon., May 25:

President Whille, Secretary-Treasurer John Colella, and our entire staff would like to wish our members and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day and we ask that you pause for a moment of reflection for those who have served our nation’s military both past and present.

We also salute you – the Essential Workers – who with others like you including the police, firefighters, emergency services personnel, hospital and healthcare workers who are on the “frontline” today keep our nation up and running.

As always, our officers and staff consider it an honor and a privilege to represent you – the 30,000 sisters and brothers in the Local 1262 family.

Sun., May 24:

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Sunday, May 24 and contains a review of the past week’s announcements.

  1. UFCW International President Marc Perrone testified before the US Senate regarding the effects of COVID-19 on meat processing workers and other food workers, including those in our supermarkets and called for more protections and employer responsibility.
  2. Local 1262 President Harvey Whille, Secretary-Treasurer John Colella, our Executive Board and staff issued a Special Memorial Day 2020 Message on Friday, as well as a list of virtual events to recognize our nation’s military.
  3. Both Governor Phil Murphy and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced expanded Mental Health Services and COVID-19 Testing Sites in their states.
  4. The UFCW International’s Free College Program is going stronger than ever during COVID-19. Members and their family members can register for summer classes until June 1.
  5. Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program continues to grow. If you have not already joined, please text UPDATES1262 to 83071 today and urge your co-workers to do the same.

Local 1262 would like to wish our members and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend and ask that you pause for a moment of reflection for those who have served our nation’s military both past and present.

We also salute all the Essential Workers – grocery workers, police, firefighters, emergency services personnel, hospital and healthcare workers and others — who are working the “frontlines” this weekend to keep our nation up and running.

As always, our officers and staff consider it an honor and a privilege to represent you – the 30,000 sisters and brothers in the Local 1262 family.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

 

Sat., May 23:

Local 1262 would like to wish our members and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend and ask that you pause for a moment of reflection for those who have served our nation’s military both past and present.

We also salute all the Essential Workers – grocery workers, police, firefighters, emergency services personnel, hospital and healthcare workers and others who are working the “frontlines” this weekend to keep our nation up and running.

Memorial Day Observances this year will be different than in years past however there are still many ways to observe the day through virtual celebrations, tours and other activities.

For example, for the first time in its history the U.S. Navy will host Fleet Week New York in a virtual environment via the Internet, Facebook and other social media outlets.  For more information, visit www.fleetweeknewyork.com or www.militarynews.com.  Visitors are encouraged to check back daily as new content is added to the lineup  which includes live question-and-answer sessions and never-before-seen video tours of guided-missile destroyers, Coast Guard cutters and Tall Ships.

Arlington National Cemetery, which marks its 100th Anniversary this year, will only be open to Family Member Pass holders however you and your family can make a virtual visit to see their exhibits online at www.arlingtoncemetery.mil.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund also hosts virtual tours on their website and will hold a special ceremony via webcast on Monday, May 25 at 1p.m.  Visit them at www.vvmf.org.

As always, our officers and staff consider it an honor and a privilege to represent you – the 30,000 sisters and brothers in the Local 1262 family.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Fri., May 22:

President Harvey Whille, Secretary-Treasurer John Colella, Local 1262’s Executive Board and our entire staff would like to wish our members and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868 to recognize the sacrifices of Civil War Soldiers.  It later became a day of remembrance for all the men and women who have died in our nation’s service. This Memorial Day Weekend, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have fallen serving our country, as well as with the brave men and women currently serving in our military.

This year we would also like to recognize our members – and other Essential Workers – for their commitment to our nation by serving on a new kind of “front-line” by providing the services needed to keep this country up and running.

As always, we here at Local 1262 consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you.

Please continue to stay strong, safe and stand together in solidarity.

 

Thurs., May 21

    1. The latest edition of the UFCW International’s OnPoint Newsletter is now available CLICK HERE. Topics covered include International President Marc Perrone’s testimony before the US Senate regarding the effects of COVID-19 on meat processing workers and other food workers, including those in our supermarkets.
    2. Gov. Cuomo has announced that New York residents who are unemployed can now get free mental health resources including meditation and mindfulness exercises at www.headspace.com/nyfrom The Headspace Company.
    3. Please remember to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Updates typically are sent once or twice a week. To join text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about safety or other issues at your store, please call your Union Representative immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

 

WED., MAY 20:

  1. New York State now has more than 700 locations where New Yorkers can get diagnostic testing. New York residents can visit a new web site and enter their address to view a list and a map view of the nearest testing sites. The state has also partnered with Google Maps to display testing site results. New Yorkers can search “COVID testing near me” on Google Maps to easily find the nearest testing sites. Please remember, New York residents must always schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 1-888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider. For more information on testing sites in New York State CLICK HERE
  2.  New Jersey has also expanded its COVID-19 testing program to now include non-symptomatic testing in some counties. For more information CLICK HERE.
  3. Please remember to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources. To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about safety or other issues at your store, please call your Union Representative immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

 

TUES., MAY 19:

The Governors of New Jersey and New York both have announced new Mental Health resources to help people cope during the COVID-19 situation.

Governor Murphy announced a new hotline — 1-866-202-HELP – that will connect callers to a counselor to direct anxiety and other mental health issues. He also announced that the New Jersey Department of Health has received more than $2.8 million in federal funding for vital behavioral health services and to expand access to counseling and support services.

Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State Emotional Support Hotline – 1-844-863-9314 – was established to help New York residents schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional.

We would like to remind our members to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program.  Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources.  To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about safety or other issues at your store, please call your Union Representative immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

 

Mon., May 18::

  1. The State of New Jersey has updated its information on who is eligible for unemployment and how to file.  For more information, NJ Unemployment Filing Process
  2. The UFCW International’s Free College Program is up and running even stronger during COVID-19, helping members and their families obtain their associates degree online FREE.  The deadline to register for summer classes is June 1.  Visit www.ufcw.org for full details.
  3. Please remember to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources. To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

 

Sunday, May 17

  1. Do you know someone who has fully recovered from the COVID-19 infection? If so they may be eligible to donate “convalescent plasma” which can help people who are still sick from the virus. Details on how to donate click here.
  2. For the latest information and updates from the UFCW International, visit our web site and click on the On-Point link HERE.
  3. Please remember to sign up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources. To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, I consider it a privilege to represent such a wonderful group of “heroes” – the 30,000 members of Local 1262.

 

SAT., MAY 16:

Local 1262 has always believed that communication is key to success no matter what situation we all may be facing.

During this unprecedented time, we have worked very hard to keep our members as up to date as possible on health and safety issues that concern them.  We are also committed to providing our members with as many resources as possible outside the realm of your contract to help you during this time, such as information on unemployment, housing assistance, stress management and many others.

First and foremost, we are using the oldest form of communication to make sure our members’ needs are being met – personal conversations.  Our Union Reps call your Shop Steward and our Executive Board members daily to discuss what is happening in the stores and how we can help. We urge you to get to know your Shop Steward and to talk to them.  Of course, our Union Reps are still working seven days a week handling members’ calls, grievances, etc.

Second, our web site – www.ufcw1262.org– is probably the best way for you to access information about the Union and specifically, COVID-19 measures, etc. The web site is updated at least daily to make sure we are providing you with the most current information we have.

Lastly, and most importantly, we strongly urge you – and your co-workers – to join Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program.  Texts are sent from President Whille about once a week with the latest updates, etc. and links to important resources.  To join, text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, I consider it a privilege to represent such a wonderful group of “heroes” – the 30,000 members of Local 1262.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

 

Fri., May 15:

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and a good time to remind our members that there are many resources available to you and your families during the COVID-19 pandemic on-line, via Telemedicine and other outlets. Likewise, many addiction recovery organizations such as AA and NA are conducting online meetings via call-in and/or Zoom meetings.  It is important to remember that you are never alone and to reach out and talk to someone.

Please remember that if you need to visit a mental health care provider – including via Telemedicine – contact Beacon Health at 800-843-5503 for a list of in-network providers.

For other questions regarding your health and welfare – and pension – benefits, call our Fund Office at 1-800-522-4161.

As always, Local 1262 reminds our members to call their Union Representative immediately if they have concerns about safety or other issues at their store.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Thurs., May 14

  1. The UFCW International’s Free College Program is up and running even stronger during COVID-19, helping members and their families obtain their associates degree online FREE. The deadline to register for summer classes is June 1. Visit www.ufcw.org for full details.
  2.  Local 1262 would like to remind our members and their children that our College Scholarship Program is still accepting applications. The deadline for all materials – including transcripts – has been extended to Monday, June 15.
  3.  Please remember to join Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

 

Wed., May 13:

Yesterday (May 12) UFCW International President Marc Perrone testified at a U.S. Senate Hearing about the threats to worker safety and the food supply in America’s meat packing plants.   He also spoke to the Senate about how to improve conditions on the front-lines in the supermarkets.

In his testimony, Perrone called for standardized and uniform protections and said that the federal government must hold companies responsible for making sure the safeguards are followed.  He stated that the only way to keep essential businesses up and running, and to reopen additional businesses, is to ensure that workers – everywhere — have the essential protections they need.

Local 1262 would like to remind our members to call their Union Representative immediately if they have concerns about safety or other issues at their store.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Tues., May 12

  1. Local 1262 would like to remind our members that the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has information available to help the public identify schemes and fraudulent information and activity related to COVID-19. CLICK HERE to learn more.
  2. Local 1262 reminds our members that our Health & Welfare Fund Office — along with the staff of Local 1262 — is available seven (7) days a week to address your concerns and answer your questions regarding health and welfare and pension benefits. You can call the Health & Welfare Office directly at 1-800-522-4161.
  3. Don’t forget to join Local 1262’s Text Update Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

As always, if you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

 

Mon., May 11

  • May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and this year – during the COVID-19 pandemic — it is especially important to take some time to learn how to spot and deal with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and alcohol and drug use.  And, remember that if you need to visit a mental health care provider – including via Telemedicine – contact Beacon Health at 800-843-5503 for a list of in-network providers.
  • New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have organized all their important information related to COVID-19 in more centralized and easy to use web sites. This includes information on health issues, stress management, rights, Department of Labor issues, etc. .

New Jersey

New York State

Pennsylvania

  • We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text

If you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

 

 

Sun., May 10

President Whille, Secretary-Treasurer Colella, our officers, union representatives and staff  would like to extend a special thank you this Mothers Day to the true “working mothers” of this nation who are serving on the front-lines in our nation’s grocery stores during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We thank you for your courage and commitment and for coming to work each and every day to ensure that your friends and neighbors have the groceries, pharmaceuticals and other supplies they need in order to maintain as normal a life as possible for their families.  We applaud you for your perseverance and patience during what have often been less than ideal shopping experiences for your customers.

We would also like to thank your spouses, partners and your children who have had to hold the fort at home while you worked extra hours to help your community get by.

You – and your fellow UFCW members male and female, young and old – are the true heroes in this COVID crisis, providing a role model of how to treat people with dignity and respect even during the most trying of times.

We are honored to be able to represent you.

 

Sat, May 9

  1. COVID-19 has been a crisis for mental health, too. Remember: You are never alone. For free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314. For a list of other resources CLICK HERE.  And, remember that if you need to visit a mental health care provider – including via Telemedicine – contact Beacon Health at 800-843-5503 for a list of in-network providers.
  2. New York State is launching a new emotional support texting program for frontline workers. The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 for support.
  3. We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

If you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week

FRI., MAY 8

  • New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have organized all their important information related to COVID-19 in more centralized and easy to use web sites. This includes information on health issues, stress management, rights, Department of Labor issues, etc.

New Jersey

New York State

Pennsylvania

  • New York State is launching a new emotional support texting program for frontline workers. The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 for support.
  • We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

If you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Thurs., May 7

  1. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO have partnered to provide lessons and tools for families who are homeschooling their pre-K through 12th grade children during COVID-19. For a full list of resources click Remote Learning Resources.
  2. And speaking of school, Local 1262 wants to remind our members that Local 1262’s College Scholarship Program is still in full force and we have extended the application deadline to Monday, June 15. Again, visit our web site for more details.
  3. We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

If you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

.Wed., May 6

  1. Although both Governor Murphy and Governor Cuomo have announced that students will not be returning to the classrooms this academic year, Local 1262’s College Scholarship Program is still in full force. To accommodate our students, the deadline for long-form  applications was extended to June 15. The program is open to all Local 1262 members and their families.  CLICK HERE FOR FORMS.
  2. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and this year – during the COVID-19 pandemic — it is especially important to take some time to learn how to spot and deal with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and alcohol and drug use. For a list of resources CLICK HERE.  And, remember that if you need to visit a mental health care provider – including via Telemedicine – contact Beacon Health at 800-843-5503 for a list of in-network providers.
  3. We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

If you have any concerns regarding safety or other issues at your particular location, please contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Tues., May 5

  1. Essential Workers – including grocery store workers – who live in New York State can make an appointment to be tested at a drive-through or walk-in test site by calling the NY COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or online at www.covid19screening.health.ny.gov. More information on testing in New York State can be found on our web site.
  2. Members who live in New Jersey who need to be tested for COVID-19 can visit the New Jersey’s COVID-19 website at www.covid19.nj.gov which lists test sites and information about the criteria you need to meet in order to be tested. Also, some Urgent Care Centers in Jersey are now offering testing. As always, please make sure that any medical provider you visit – including urgent care centers – are in our network.
  3. We would like to remind our members to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

 

 

Mon., May 4, 2020

  1. This is a reminder to our members that both ShopRite and Stop & Shop have announced that they will continue to pay COVID-19 Pay until May 31.
  2. We would like to remind our members with insurance that they can utilize Telemedicine Options for medical services. As with any office visit, please check to ensure that the provider is in our network. Specifics on coverage are posted on the Funds website at www.1262funds.org.
  3. Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program has been one of the most valuable and quickest ways for us to get information and updates to our members. If you have not already joined this program, please do it today. Simply text “Updates 1262” to 83071. Urge your co-workers to do the same. Text updates are typically sent once a week but more frequently if there is an urgent update to share with our members.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

This is the latest update from President Whille as of Sunday, May 3 and contains a brief synopsis of union-related events that took place this week.  

      1. ShopRite and Stop & Shop announced they would extend COVID-19 Pay until May 31.
      2. On Tuesday, April 28 union members and customers at supermarkets throughout the Northeast all paused for a first-ever Moment of Reflection in honor of their co-workers and their families affected by COVID-19.
      3. On Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy announced the state would extend the Child Care Assistance Programs for Essential Workers through at least May 31. Similarly, Governor Cuomo announced a Child Care Scholarship Program for workers in New York State.
      4. On Thursday, the UFCW International Union issued a call to the nation’s Governors to protect food supply and meatpacking workers from COVID-19 by issuing mandates to further protect workers in these industries. The call from the UFCW came in response to the President’s order that all meatpacking and poultry plants remain open.
      5. On Friday, non-union workers from companies such as Amazon, Walmart, Instacart and others walked out and protested unsafe work conditions in their workplaces and called for protections that unionized workers already have such as hazard pay, personal protective equipment, disinfectant and hand sanitizer, clean delivery vehicles and intensive cleaning of facilities where workers have been infected.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our 30,000 members for their hard work and dedication during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.  As always, if you have any concerns at your particular location, please contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Saturday, May 2:

  1. ShopRite has announced it will pay COVID-19 Pay until May 31. Stop & Shop announced it would do the same earlier this week.
  2. Local 1262 salutes and stands with the non-union workers who walked out and protested unsafe work conditions in their workplaces yesterday (International Workers Day, May 1). Front-line workers around the nation from non-union companies such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Instacart and others protested unsafe work practices and called for protections that unionized workers have already obtained such as hazard pay, personal protective equipment, disinfectant and hand sanitizer, clean delivery vehicles and intensive cleaning of facilities where workers have been infected. We applaud their efforts and urge them to continue to speak out.
  3. The UFCW International Union has issued a call to the nation’s Governors to protect food supply and meatpacking workers from COVID-19 by issuing mandates to further protect workers in these industries. The call from the UFCW came in response to the President’s order that all meatpacking and poultry plants remain open.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

 

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity

Friday, May 1:

  1. The latest edition of OnPoint, the UFCW International’s weekly newsletter, is now available CLICK HERE.
  2. We would like to remind our members that Governor Murphy has extended the state’s child care assistance program for Essential Workers until at least the end of May. For more information on that program as well as child care assistance programs available for Essential Workers who live in New York State CLICK HERE.
  3. Please remember to sign-up for Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071 and tell your co-workers to do the same.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

 

Thurs., April 30:

  1. At his Wednesday Press Conference Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will continue to help pay for child care for Essential Workers until at least the end of May. The per child subsidy rates for Essential Workers in New Jersey is set at $336 for school-aged children up to $450.35 for infants. CLICK HERE for more information on this and other child care assistance programs including programs in New York State.
  2. We would like to remind our members with insurance that they can utilize Telemedicine Options for medical services. As with any office visit, please check to ensure that the provider is in our network. Specifics on coverage are posted on the Funds website at www.1262funds.org.
  3. Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program has been one of the most valuable and quickest ways for us to get information and updates to our members. If you have not already joined this program, please do it today. Simply text “Updates 1262” to 83071. Urge your co-workers to do the same. Text updates are typically sent once a week but more frequently if there is an urgent update to share with our members.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Wed., April 29

  1. We would like to thank all of our members, your customers and your employers for supporting and participating in yesterday’s Moment of Reflection which was held at 10 a.m. by UFCW Locals throughout the Northeast to honor our co-workers and their families who have been affected by COVID-19.
  2. New York State has a new Child Care Scholarship Program for Essential Workers. Child care costs will be covered for essential staff whose income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level — or $78,600 for a family of four in New York State. Essential Workers in New York (including grocery store employees, food delivery workers, health care providers, law enforcement and others) can use the scholarships to pay for their existing care arrangement. New York residents can contact their local child care referral agency to find openings and get more information. For updates like this from NY State Governor Cuomo visit www.now.ny.gov.
  3. Local 1262 has a list of other programs in New York AND New Jersey that provide child care support for Essential Workers. Visit www.1262.org and click on the Child Care Link on the home page.
  4. Please urge your co-workers to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Tues., April 28 — Please join Local 1262 on Workers Memorial Day TODAY (Tuesday, April 28) at 10:00 a.m. in a Moment of Reflection to honor your co-workers and their families who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Moment of Reflection will be broadcast at 10 a.m. over the public address systems in ShopRite, Stop & Shop and other grocery stores throughout New Jersey and New York.

Please tell your friends, family, neighbors and customers to join us at 10 a.m. in this first-of-its-kind remembrance.

Additionally, UFCW Locals in the region will run an advertisement in the Star-Ledger and other papers to help the public better understand the important role our members are playing as “Essential Workers” on the front-lines of the pandemic.

We would like to thank the leadership of ShopRite, Stop & Shop and all the supermarkets who are supporting and participating in this Remembrance.

A copy of the advertisement can be viewed below.

In the meantime, please continue to work smartly and safely and remember that you are an inspiration to all who are a part of our great nation.

Workers Mem. Day Ad Color

Workers Mem. Day Ad B&W

Mon., April 27 @ 4 p.m. — Please join Local 1262 on Workers Memorial Day tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28) at 10:00 a.m. in a Moment of Reflection to honor your co-workers and their families who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Moment of Reflection will be broadcast at 10 a.m. over the public address systems in ShopRite, Stop & Shop and other grocery stores throughout New Jersey and New York.

Please tell your friends, family, neighbors and customers to join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow in this first-of-its-kind remembrance.

Additionally, UFCW Locals in the region will run an advertisement in the Star-Ledger and other papers to help the public better understand the important role our members are playing as “Essential Workers” on the front-lines of the pandemic.

We would like to thank the leadership of ShopRite, Stop & Shop and all the supermarkets who are supporting and participating in this Remembrance.

A copy of the advertisement can be viewed on our home page tomorrow.

In the meantime, please continue to work smartly and safely and remember that you are an inspiration to all who are a part of our great nation.

Mon., April 27 @ 8 AM — The UFCW International Union and Stop & Shop today issued a Joint Statement to federal and state government leaders urging them to designate grocery store workers as “extended first responders” or “emergency personnel.”

Stop & Shop and the UFCW also announced that a 10 percent increase in pay for Stop & Shop’s union hourly store associates would be extended through May 30.  The pay increase was first announced on March 22, along with flexible hours for associates and up to two weeks of additional paid sick leave for associates required to quarantine by government authorities or by the company.

“Stop & Shop and the UFCW have worked together to provide these workers with benefits and protections during this health crisis, including emergency pay raises, additional paid sick leave, and access to KN95 masks and face shields, but even more can be done for these workers,” the joint statement said.

The statement went on to say that designating grocery store workers as first responders or emergency personnel would ensure that these essential workers would have priority access to testing, emergency childcare and other protections to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.

To read a copy of the Official Statement issued by The UFCW International Union and Stop & Shop click below.

S&S & UFCW Joint Statement 4.27.2020

Please stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Sun., April 26:

  1. We would like to remind members who may have COVID-19 symptoms to get tested by visiting the State website www.covid19.nj.gov which lists test sites and information about the criteria you need to meet in order to be tested. Also, some Urgent Care Centers in Jersey are now offering testing. As always, please make sure that any medical provider you visit – including urgent care centers – are in our network.
  2. Local 1262 has posted a list of programs that provide child care support for Essential Workers. CLICK HERE.
  3. We would like to remind our members that both ShopRite and Stop & Shop are extending COVID-19 Premium Pay. ShopRite has extended its COVID-19 Premium Pay to May 15 and Stop & Shop has extended it to May 30. We will continue to work with your employers to ensure similar measures are implemented as we go forward.
  4. Please urge your co-workers to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

Sat., April 25:

  1. Local 1262 has compiled a list of programs that provide Child Care support for Essential Workers in New Jersey and New York. CLICK HERE
  2. We would like to remind our members that both ShopRite and Stop & Shop are extending COVID-19 Premium Pay. ShopRite has extended its COVID-19 Premium Pay to May 15 and Stop & Shop has extended it to May 30. We will continue to work with your employers to ensure similar measures are implemented as we go forward.
  3. Please urge your co-workers to sign-up for Local 1262 Updates via our Text Messaging Program. Simply text “Updates1262” to 83071.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Fri., April 24:

  1.  We want to remind our members that Local 1262’s General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 27 has been canceled but that we will hold our Executive Board Meeting that day via teleconference. Our next General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, July 27 at Local 1262’s Headquarters.
  2. Local 1262 has been working closely with your employers to ensure that you continue to be safe and that you are compensated for working during this time of crisis. We are happy to report that both ShopRite and Stop & Shop will be extending COVID-19 Premium Pay. ShopRite has extended its COVID-19 Premium Pay to May 15 and Stop & Shop has extended its to May 30. We will continue to work with your employers to ensure similar measures are implemented as we go forward.
  3. For the latest information from the UFCW International CLICK HERE.

Thurs., April 23:

  1. Local 1262 has been working closely with your employers to ensure that you continue to be safe and that you are compensated for working during this time of crisis. We are happy to report that both ShopRite and Stop & Shop will be extending COVID-19 Premium Pay.  ShopRite has extended its COVID-19 Premium Pay to May 15 and Stop & Shop has extended its to May 30.  We will continue to work with your employers to ensure similar measures are implemented as we go forward.
  2. Local 1262’s General Membership Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 27 has been canceled however our Executive Board will meet via Teleconference. Our next General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, July 27 at Local 1262’s Headquarters.
  3. Sign up for text updates from Local 1262. Simply text “UPDATES1262” to 83071 and tell your co-workers to do the same.

As always, if you have any concerns at your particular location contact us.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

Stay strong, stay safe and continue to stand together in solidarity.

Wednesday, April 22:

  • Local 1262 has extended our Scholarship Program deadline to Monday, June 15, 2020. To apply CLICK HERE
  • Local 1262’s General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 27 has been canceled. Our next General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, July 27 at Local 1262’s Headquarters. In the meantime, we continue to be in touch with our Executive Board members and your Shop Stewards on a daily basis.
  • Please share the information on this hotline with your co-workers and urge them to sign up for texts from President Whille. Simply text “UPDATES1262” to 83071.

As always, if you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately.  Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week.

April 21 — Local 1262’s General Membership Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 27 has been canceled. Our next General Membership Meeting will be on Monday, July 27 at Local 1262’s Headquarters. In the meantime, we continue to be in touch with our Executive Board members and your Shop Stewards on a daily basis.

If you are having any concerns at your particular location contact us immediately. Our Union Representatives are here to help you seven days a week. Call 1-800-562-6913 (from New Jersey) or 1-800-526-7814 (from other states).

Please share the information from this hotline with your co-workers and urge them to sign up for texts from President Whille. Simply text “UPDATES1262” to 83071.

As always it is a privilege to represent you. Please know that we are continuing to fight for our members to be classified as first responders. You are on the front lines in this pandemic and deserve to be treated as such.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Call your Union Representative

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

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

RECENT UPDATES ARE LISTED BELOW

Monday, April 20 Local 1262 continues to stress the need for our members to be classified as first responders.

I want to assure you that the staff of Local 1262 is available 7 days a week to address your concerns.  Our Business Representatives are in constant contact with their Shop Stewards and Executive Board members.

I have always considered it a privilege to serve as your president.  Never before have I been so proud.  You, the Brothers and Sisters of Local 1262 along with our sister Locals serve as essential and front line workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Please ask your fellow Local 1262 BROTHERS AND sisters to join Local 1262’s texting program for up to date information by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, I hope you and your families continue to remain safe. 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.

Sunday, April 19 — I have always considered it a privilege to serve as your president.  Never before have I been so proud.  You, the brothers and sisters of Local 1262 along with our sister locals serve as essential and front line workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Without your dedication the supply chain would be compromised.  We will continue our request to Governors Murphy and Cuomo to reclassify you as first responders.

On behalf of the staff of Local 1262 we salute you. Thank you for your service to our NJ and NY family.

I want to assure you that the staff of local 1262 is available 7 days a week to address your concerns.  Our business representatives are in constant contact with their Shop Stewards and Executive Board members.

Please ask your fellow Local 1262 sisters and brothers to join Local 1262’s texting program for up to date information by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

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.

Saturday, April 18 To help keep all UFCW members safe, the UFCW International Union launched a national campaign called “Shop Smart”. 

Please encourage your friends, family, and customers to take the shop smart pledge by texting “shopsmart” to 23396 or by visiting the website www.ufcw.org/shopsmart

Please ask your fellow Local 1262 sisters and brothers to join Local 1262’s texting program for up to date information by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

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.

Friday, April 17 — To help keep all UFCW members safe, the UFCW International Union launched a national campaign called “Shop Smart”. 

Please encourage your friends, family, and customers to take the shop smart pledge by texting “shopsmart” to 23396 or by visiting the website www.ufcw.org/shopsmart

Please ask your fellow Local 1262 sisters and brothers to join Local 1262’s texting program for up to date information by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

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.

Thursday, April 16  — The UFCW has launched a national multi media campaign called #shopsmart that urges grocery shoppers to wear protective face masks and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of covid 19 between themselves and store employees.  Unfortunately the Governors of other states where our fellow brothers and sisters work have not mandated this practice and failed to follow our lead.

Please encourage your fellow Local 1262 sisters and brothers to join Local 1262’s texting program by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

Local 1262 is still making attempts to persuade the Governors of NJ and NY to classify YOU as first responders.

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.

Wednesday, April 15 — Our Texting Program is back up and running. To join Local 1262’s texting program, text UPDATES1262 to 83071 to join your fellow Union members and show solidarity during this national crisis.

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.

Tuesday, April 14  We are presently experiencing technical issues with our texting program and are working to resolve those issues; in the interim, please check the hotline and website for updates.

During these trying times I want to assure you that the Health & Welfare fund office along with the staff of Local 1262 is available seven (7) days a week  to address any concerns you may have whether on or off the job.

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s going to be a slow, gradual return to normalcy.  Together as brothers and sisters we will achieve that goal, we must be patient and follow the advice of our respective governors and the medical professionals; your service will forever be appreciated.

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.

Monday, April 13  — I want to assure you that your Union is available seven (7) days a week to address any concerns you may have whether on or off the job. Our Union Representatives call their Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis to discuss ongoing issues and concerns.

Presently, we are working hard attempting to have you, the unsung heroes of this insidious virus, recognized as first responders and as such receive the priority treatment that comes with this status.

As always, the staff of Local 1262 and your community thanks you for being on the front lines to help your families, friends and neighbors navigate through this difficult and stressful time.

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.

Friday, April 10  — Local 1262, along with all of the other UFCW Local Unions, are pressing the Governors of their respective States to grant temporary Emergency Responder Status to all grocery workers.

What does that mean:  The classification will enable you to be prioritized for COVID-19 testing and have priority status for personal protective equipment.

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.

Thursday, April 9  — Yesterday morning, prior to Governor Murphy’s announcement, President Whille received a call from the Governor’s office informing him that the Governor was going to implement the restrictions Local 1262 and other Local Unions were asking for to protect our members, the customers and the community.

We thank Governor Murphy for implementing our concerns.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Supermarkets to half the number of customers allowed in stores at any given time.
  • Require all workers, as well as customers, to wear masks or face coverings.
  • Workers have to be provided gloves.
  • Require Employers to provide special shopping hours for high-risk shoppers.
  • Erect physical barriers between customers and the cashiers.
  • Regularly sanitize areas used by workers.

We at Local 1262 will continue to stress your importance as first-line workers as we continue our pursuit to have you classified as first responders.

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.

Wednesday, April 8th, at 2:45 p.m.: 

GOVERNOR MURPHY JUST ANNOUNCED THAT ALL SUPERMARKET WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE MASKS AND ALL SUPERMARKETS WILL BE REQUIRED TO NOT ALLOW ANY MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT (50%) OF THEIR STORE’S LEGAL CAPACITY AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

UFCW LOCAL 1262 APPLAUDS GOVERNOR MURPHY FOR HEARING OUR VOICES AND IMPLEMENTING THIS CHANGE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND HEALTH.

President Whille continues to stress the need for your Employers to enforce social distancing and provide face masks for everyone.  There is also a need for the customers to be required to wear a face mask.

Your safety and health is the number one priority for Local 1262.

We have asked the Employers to look for ways to help reduce your exposure with customers.

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.

Wednesday, April 8  — President Whille continues to stress the need for your Employers to enforce social distancing and provide face masks for everyone.  There is also a need for the customers to be required to wear a face mask.

Your safety and health is the number one priority for Local 1262.

We have asked the Employers to look for ways to help reduce your exposure with customers.

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.

Tuesday, April 7  — 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.

 Monday, April 6  — 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.

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.

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.

Thursday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. — .

  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.

Wednesday, April 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sunday, March 29:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Call your Union Representative

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

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