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WEEKEND UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT WHILLE

As you know Local 1262’s officers and staff have been working around the clock to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members by holding discussions with your employers, filing grievances and arbitration and reaching out to the public through the media and various public awareness campaigns (including the Stop & Shop Hazard Pay/Taken Away Sticker Program).

Today I would like to bring attention to the often “unsung heroes” of Local 1262 who have also played a key role in this fight – Local 1262’s Shop Stewards. 

Throughout Local 1262’s history our Shop Stewards have always been there for our members.  They volunteer to serve our union by helping to answer members questions and working with our Union Reps to ensure that our members are treated fairly. They are also one of our first lines of communication during negotiations and other critical times.

The COVID-19 Pandemic was no different.  As we knew they would, since day one our Shop Stewards have been there for our members and this Union.  Their dedication to our members and their unwavering support for our union’s principals have never been more appreciated than during these especially hectic and uncertain times.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly say how very proud I am of you and to tell you what a privilege it is to work with such a fine group of dedicated members. There simply are no words adequate enough to express our gratitude to our Shop Stewards so please just let me say “Thank You.”

I also ask that our 30,000 members do the same by taking a minute today or tomorrow to thank these very special co-workers who volunteer their time to help you and your fellow Local 1262 members.

I have always said that our Shop Stewards are OUR VOICE in the stores and play a critical role in the success of this Union.  That sentiment has not changed, and if anything, has only become stronger as we all stand together during this time of uncertainty.

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your President.

REMINDER

I urge you to continue to visit this web site on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information available or to call our hotline (1-888-GET-1262) which is updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (and more frequently for breaking information).

Also, if you are not already a member of our Text Messaging Program, please join it today by texting UPDATES 1262 to 83017 – and ask your co-workers to do the same!

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HEALTH & WELFARE BENEFITS QUESTIONS?

1-800-522-4161
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RECENTLY POSTED UPDATES ARE LISTED BELOW:

August 12:  Local 1262 is continuing its work to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.  To date we have filed grievances against several companies, filed for formal arbitration with Stop & Shop and are in the process of pursuing similar actions against ShopRite.

Local 1262 also has undertaken a number of other initiatives regarding Hazard Pay including advertising in newspapers, a Social Media campaign, interviews with the media, consumer leafletting and most recently a sticker campaign at Stop & Shop.

The stickers which read HAZARD PAY/TAKEN AWAY/ASK ME WHY are helping raise public awareness and opening discussions with shoppers.

“We sincerely thank all of the shoppers who took the time to speak to us this week, ask questions and learn more about the often underestimated and undervalued role that grocery store workers play in the community. At a time when so many corporations are profiting off this terrible situation it is heartening to see that people are still willing to stand up for what is right and demand that workers are treated fairly.”

As always, we urge our members to contact their Union Representatives if they have questions or concerns.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

August 10: Local 1262 is continuing its work to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.  To date we have filed grievances against several companies, filed for formal arbitration with Stop & Shop and are in the process of pursuing similar actions against ShopRite.

“There continues to be reports about increases in the number of COVID-19 cases despite the best efforts to require people to wear masks and practice social distancing,” said President Harvey Whille.  “This indicates that the Pandemic is still not controlled, that our members are still putting themselves at risk in the workplace and therefore the decision made by these companies to discontinue Hazard Pay was made prematurely.”

In addition to legal and contractual actions, Local 1262 has undertaken a number of other initiatives regarding Hazard Pay including advertising in newspapers, a Social Media campaign, interviews with the media and consumer leafletting.

Most recently, Local 1262 worked with its Stop & Shop members on a project to increase awareness with their shoppers that included stickers that read:  HAZARD PAY/TAKEN AWAY/ASK ME WHY and which helped increase public awareness and generate discussions.

“We sincerely thank all of the shoppers who took the time to speak to us this week, ask questions and learn more about the often underestimated and undervalued role that grocery store workers play in the community. At a time when so many corporations are profiting off this terrible situation it is heartening to see that people are still willing to stand up for what is right and demand that workers are treated fairly.”

As always, we urge our members to contact their Union Representatives if they have questions or concerns. From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Weekend Aug. 7:  Local 1262 applauds the Stop & Shop customers who stood in solidarity with us this week as our members, Shop Stewards and others joined in our work to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay to the people who work at their local Stop & Shop store.

“Social media is a great way to communicate,” said UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille. “However, “old-school” methods – like talking to your neighbor – work too!”

President Whille was referring to the grassroots initiatives undertaken by Local 1262 which included stickers for our members that read HAZARD PAY/TAKEN AWAY/ASK ME WHY and which  helped increase public awareness and generate discussions.

“We sincerely thank all of the folks who took the time to speak to us this week, ask questions and learn more about the often underestimated and undervalued role that grocery store workers play in the community.”

“Stop & Shop’s customers have never deviated from their support for the folks who continue to show up to work every day despite the hazards they face,” he said.  “We cannot thank ENOUGH of these shoppers — or the other people who shop in stores where union members are working – for their continued support.

“At a time when so many corporations are profiting off this terrible situation it is heartening to see that people are still willing to stand up for what is right and demand that workers are treated fairly.”

August 6:

Local 1262 is continuing our work to get COVID-19 Hazard Pay reinstated including pursuing arbitration as provided for in our contracts.  We are also continuing our social media and public outreach to help inform shoppers about the risks our members continue to face in order to help shoppers put food on their families’ tables.

“Local 1262 is more determined than ever to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We are also speaking out the public to let them know how unfair the workers in their supermarkets are being treated by these giant companies who, unlike so many other businesses, have not suffered financially during this crisis.”

As always we urge our members who have questions who have questions or concerns to contact their Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Mon., Aug. 3:

Local 1262 continues to reach out to your employers regarding their elimination of COVID-19 Hazard Pay and we are exploring all options available to us, including pursuing arbitration as provided for in our contracts.

Local 1262 has also ramped up social media and public outreach to help inform shoppers about the risks our members continue to face in order to help shoppers put food on their families’ tables.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be unpredictable and as such Local 1262 is more determined than ever to maintain and reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We are also committed to our public outreach to shoppers and others regarding the unfair decision made by these companies to discontinue Hazard Pay.  We urge our members, friends and neighbors to help us get out the word that discontinuing COVID-19 Hazard Pay is just not acceptable.”

Weekend Update From President Whille

Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to be in contact with your employers regarding the continued COVID-19 hazards our members face on a daily basis and over the next few days will be ramping up our public outreach via Social Media and other methods.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be unpredictable and as such Local 1262 is more determined than ever to maintain and reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We will be increasing our public education via outreach to shoppers and others regarding the unfair decision made by these companies to discontinue Hazard Pay.

Our Union Representatives continue to be in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis to assess the situations facing our members every day.

We urge our members, friends and neighbors to help us get out the word that discontinuing COVID-19 Hazard Pay is just not acceptable.

We also urge you to check this hotline and our web site next week for an update on arbitration cases that have been filed and other activities currently in progress.

As always, if you have any questions about anything covered here, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

 

July 29:

Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to be in contact with your employers regarding the continued COVID-19 hazards our members face on a daily basis.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be unpredictable and as such Local 1262 is more determined than ever to maintain and reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We are also committed to our public outreach to shoppers and others regarding the unfair decision made by these companies to discontinue Hazard Pay.  We urge our members, friends and neighbors to help us get out the word that discontinuing COVID-19 Hazard Pay is just not acceptable.”

Additionally, Local 1262 Union Representatives are in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis in order to assess the situation in your stores so that we can find the best solutions.

We urge our members to stay in touch with us.  We also urge you to reach out to your Shop Stewards and Union Reps regarding situations that may be unfolding in your stores.

As always, if you have any questions about anything covered here, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Mon., July 27:

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be unpredictable and as such Local 1262 is more determined than ever to maintain and reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.

Our officers and staff continue to be in daily contact with your employers regarding this most serious situation. 

We have also launched public support campaigns via Social Media, leafletting, etc.

Our Union Representatives are in touch with your Shop Stewards and Executive Board members on a daily basis in order to assess the situation in your stores so that we can find the best solutions.

We urge our members to stay in touch with us.  We also urge you to reach out to your Shop Stewards and Union Reps regarding situations that may be unfolding in your stores.

As always, if you have any questions about anything covered here, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Weekend Update Posted July 24:

Local 1262 continues our work to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our Stop & Shop members and other members who have been impacted by corporate decisions to eliminate Hazard Pay.

We will continue to pursue every option to ensure that Stop & Shop (and other companies) realize the valuable role our members play in their communities – and the company’s bottom-line — by reaching out to the community, the media and elected officials.

As always, if you have any questions about anything covered here, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

July 22 Update:

ACME CONTRACT RATIFIED

Local 1262 congratulates our Acme members on the ratification of their new contract.  On Tuesday, July 21 Local 1262’s Acme members voted to accept the new four-year contract which includes scheduled wage increases and maintenance of health and welfare and pension benefits.  We thank our Acme members for their support and look forward to continuing to work with you.

UPDATE ON COVID-19 HAZARD PAY

Community support continues for our members as we pursue every option to ensure that Stop & Shop (and other companies) realize the valuable role our members play in their communities – and the company’s bottom-line.  For the latest news CLICK HERE

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our General Membership Meeting on Monday, July 27 will be held via Teleconference at 6:30 p.m.  Members who would like to participate must call Christine Connery no later than Thursday, July 23 at 973-777-3700, extension 1932, between 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Leave your name, phone number, the company you work for and its location and you will be contacted with call-in information.

JULY 20:

The UFCW continues to receive support for our efforts to reinstate COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our Stop & Shop members.  In addition to support from Social Media posts, news outlets continue to cover the story including a news conference hosted by Senator (and former Presidential Candidate) Elizabeth Warren who stated that frontline workers are taking all of the risk.

Local 1262 and our sister locals also continued our newspaper advertorial campaign and leafletting throughout the Northeast.

National Day of Worker Action — July 20 @ Noon

We urge our members to take part in the National Day of Worker Action today at noon EST to recognize the people who have gone before us and those that continue to fight. Participants are encouraged to take a knee at noon.

Acme Contract Ratification – July 21 @ 6 p.m.

A Contract Ratification Meeting for our Acme members will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 at the Edgewater and Jersey City Acme locations.  The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.  Please bring ID with you.

Weekend Update From President Whille (Posted July 17)

It has been a very active week for Local 1262 and the UFCW in general.  Please take a few minutes to read this and then share with your co-workers.  Together we are strong.

First, Local 1262’s 30,000 members continue to work with our sister Locals to focus attention on Stop & Shop’s refusal to negotiate for COVID-19 Pay for our members.  We are filing a complaint with The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) citing Stop & Shop’s disregard for our members.

Second: Local 1262 and other Locals are pursuing Grievances and Arbitration against Stop & Shop and  ANY OTHER company that has opted to – OR PLANS TO — discontinue COVID-19 Hazard Pay.

Third:  Local 1262 continues to speak to your friends, neighbors and customers.  Public outreach campaigns, including advertisements in key media, leafleting at Stop & Shop locations and discussions with media are in full force and will continue in order to inform the public of the serious situation at hand.

We thank the multiple news outlets who have covered this story including the New York Times, The Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press and too many others to name here.

 Last, but not least, we encourage our members to take part in the National Day of Worker Action this Monday, July 20 at noon EST to recognize the people who have gone before us and those that continue to fight.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.

JULY 15: Last week Stop & Shop REJECTED a Grievance filed by Local 1262 for eliminating Hazard Pay for our members.  As a result, Local 1262 is in the process of filing for Arbitration against the Company so that a legally binding decision can be made by an unbiased party.

Since that time Local 1262 has ramped up our public outreach to garner support for our members.  Over the weekend, an Op-Ed ran in the Star-Ledger and other news outlets by NJ AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkanech decrying Stop & Shop’s actions.

And yesterday the New York Times ran a feature on the plight of the many front-line retail workers – Stop & Shop included – whose employers are discounting their value by cutting off COVID-19 Hazard Pay.

CLICK HERE to read the NY Times Article.

To read the NJ-AFL CIO Op-Ed CLICK HERE

Local 1262 – and our sister locals – have also been actively hand-billing Stop & Shop locations to educate shoppers about these insensitive and unfair actions by the Company.

“Local 1262 will continue to speak out for our members,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We also need you – all 30.000 of our members – to speak out and voice your concern to store management to remind them that you are just as essential now as when this crisis began.”

 

July 13:  COVID-19 HAZARD PAY UPDATE

Stop & Shop has REJECTED a Grievance filed by Local 1262 for eliminating Hazard Pay earlier this month.  As a result, Local 1262 is in the process of filing for Arbitration against the Company so that a legally binding decision can be made by an unbiased party.

“We are disappointed that Stop & Shop denied our Grievance but thanks to our contracts we have additional avenues to can pursue including the right to Arbitrate,” said President Harvey Whille.  “It continues to be our belief that you are still putting yourself in harm’s way to perform your jobs and we will not back down until we have pursued each and every option available to us.”

President Whille said that the Local will continue its public outreach to Stop & Shop customers via Social and other media in the coming weeks.  We urge our Stop & Shop members to voice your concerns to your management team to remind them that you are just essential now as when this crisis began.  We will not stand by and let your dedication to Stop & Shop’s customers go unnoticed!

ACME CONTRACT RATIFICATION MEETING JULY 21

The second message is for our Acme members.  Local 1262 will hold Contract Ratification Meetings on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jersey City and Edgewater Acme Store locations.  Acme members will be presented with the proposals for their new contract and asked to vote to accept or reject the agreement.  A notice regarding this meeting was posted in your stores and also mailed to your home.

July 10:

Local 1262 and our sister Locals continue to reach out to your employers regarding their decision to reduce or eliminate COVID 19 Hazard Pay.  It continues to be our belief that you are still putting yourself in harm’s way to perform your jobs and as such deserve appropriate compensation.

We are particularly disappointed in the decision by Stop & Shop to eliminate the Hazard Pay completely. ShopRite, which reduced the Hazard Pay Premium to $1.00 per hour, also plans to eliminate it entirely by August 1.

“It is appalling that these companies who have made hundreds of millions of dollars during this crisis put such little value on the role the people on the front lines have played – and continue to play – during this pandemic,” said President Harvey Whille.  “As such we are digging in and will redouble our efforts to obtain the fair and just compensation our members deserve.”

President Whille added that those actions include filing formal grievances against Stop & Shop and ShopRite similar to those filed against Acme and two other companies in mid-June.  He noted that grievances that cannot be resolved will be pursued via Arbitration where a legally binding decision will be made.

We urge you to voice your concerns to your management team to remind them that you are just essential now as when this crisis began.  We will not stand by and let your dedication to your customers go unnoticed!

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

 

JULY 9:

In light of the continued restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Local 1262’s General Membership Meeting on Monday, July 27 will be held at 6:30 p.m. via Teleconference.

Members who would like to participate must call Christine Connery at 973-777-3700, extension 1932, during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., no later than Thursday, July 23.  Please leave your name and telephone number and upon membership verification, you will be contacted with call-in information.

We look forward to your participation.

As always, if you have questions, please contact your Union Representative. If you are calling from New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

July 8:

Local 1262 and our sister Locals continue to reach out to your employers regarding their decision to reduce or eliminate COVID 19 Hazard Pay.  It continues to be our belief that you are still putting yourself in harm’s way to perform your jobs and as such deserve appropriate compensation.

We are particularly disappointed in the decision by Stop & Shop to eliminate the Hazard Pay completely. ShopRite, which reduced the Hazard Pay Premium to $1.00 per hour, also plans to eliminate it entirely by August 1.

“It is appalling that these companies who have made hundreds of millions of dollars during this crisis put such little value on the role the people on the front lines have played – and continue to play – during this pandemic,” said President Harvey Whille.  “As such we are digging in and will redouble our efforts to obtain the fair and just compensation our members deserve.”

President Whille added that those actions include filing formal grievances against Stop & Shop and ShopRite similar to those filed against Acme and two other companies in mid-June.  He noted that grievances that cannot be resolved will be pursued via Arbitration where a legally binding decision will be made.

We urge you to voice your concerns to your management team to remind them that you are just essential now as when this crisis began.  We will not stand by and let your dedication to your customers go unnoticed!

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

JULY 6:

As you know Local 1262 has been trying to negotiate with your Employers in an effort to continue the COVID 19 Hazard Pay.  It continues to be our belief that you are still putting yourself in harm’s way to perform your jobs and as such deserve appropriate compensation.

Unfortunately, your employers do not value your service as much as the customers you serve.  ShopRite has told us that effective July 5 they will be reducing the Hazard Pay Premium to $1 per hour and plans to eliminate it entirely by August 1.

While we have not had official notice from Stop & Shop, they too have indicated that they plan to eliminate the Hazard Pay.

As a result, Local 1262 will formally file Grievances against these companies, similar to the Grievances filed against three other employers in June.  As per our contracts, Grievances that cannot be resolved will move to Arbitration where a legally binding decision will be made.

We urge you to voice your concerns to your management team to remind them that you are just essential now as when this crisis began.  We will not stand by and let your hard dedication to your customers go unnoticed!

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

JULY 2:

Local 1262 has been sponsoring a series of advertisements in New Jersey’s largest newspapers to help elicit public support for our work to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.  The advertisement will appear again in the Thursday, July 2 edition of the Asbury Park Press, The Star-Ledger, The Atlantic City Press and The Courier Post.

The ad is an Open Letter to Customers and is part of a wider Campaign that includes outreach via Facebook and other social media outlets.  The Advertising and Social Media Campaign follows on the heels of actions taken by Local 1262 earlier this month that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

Open Letter

 “We are not seeking a customer boycott but are simply asking customers to let supermarket owners know how much they value our members and their service on the front lines every day,” said President Whille.  “We urge our members to tell their customers, co-workers, friends and family about this campaign and ask them to support us,” he said.

PRIMARY VOTE IS TUESDAY, JULY 7

Please remember to vote in the Primary Election this coming Tuesday, July 7. In addition to the Presidential Election, there are many important state and local seats up for election too.

All registered Democrats and Republicans should have received a Vote By Mail Ballot already.  The Ballot MUST be filled out according to its directions and postmarked by July 7, 2020.  If you did not receive a Ballot contact your County Clerk’s Office.  In-person voting will take place in a VERY limited number of locations so we urge you to Vote By Mail.  For more information CLICK HERE.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

JULY 1:

Local 1262 has been sponsoring a series of advertisements in New Jersey’s largest newspapers to help elicit public support for our work to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.  The advertisement will appear again in the Thursday, July 2 edition of the Asbury Park Press, The Star-Ledger, The Atlantic City Press and The Courier Post.

The ad is an Open Letter to Customers and is part of a wider Campaign that includes outreach via Facebook and other social media outlets.  The Advertising and Social Media Campaign follows on the heels of actions taken by Local 1262 earlier this month that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

Open Letter

“Local 1262 has significantly ramped up our public outreach to focus on the very serious situation our members continue to face every day,” said President Whille.  “We are not seeking a customer boycott but are simply asking customers to let supermarket owners know how much they value our members and their service on the front lines every day.

“We urge our members to tell their customers, co-workers, friends and family about this campaign and ask them to support us,” he said.  “Posting on Social Media is one way and good “old-fashioned” talking to your neighbors and supermarket management is another.”

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

JUNE 29:

A series of advertisements have started running in New Jersey’s largest newspapers to help elicit public support for Local 1262’s efforts to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay for our members.

The advertisements, which are running in the Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, Courier Post and Atlantic City Press, are part of a wider Campaign that includes outreach via Facebook and other social media outlets and follows on the heels of actions taken by Local 1262 earlier this month that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

Open Letter

“Local 1262 has significantly ramped up our public outreach to focus on the very serious situation our members continue to face every day,” said President Whille.  “We are not seeking a customer boycott but are simply asking customers to let supermarket owners know how much they value our members and their service on the front lines every day.

“We urge our members to tell their customers, co-workers, friends and family know about this campaign and ask them to support us,” he said.  “Posting on Social Media is one way and good “old-fashioned” talking to your neighbors and supermarket management is another.”

Local 1262 urges you to check this hotline and our web site on a regular basis for updates on this program.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

WEEKEND UPDATE:

During the last week, Local 1262 ramped up its focus on the very serious situation our members continue to face every day on the job regarding COVID-19. On Wednesday, a Social Media Campaign was officially launched via a series of advertisements in newspapers including the Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, Courier Post and Atlantic City Press.

The Social Media Campaign follows actions taken earlier this month by Local 1262 that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

The advertisement is an Open Letter to customers asking them to support our efforts to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay. A copy of the advertisement can be viewed below.

Open Letter

“By no means is the union seeking a customer boycott,” said President Whille.  “We are simply asking shoppers to let supermarket owners know how much their customers value our members and their dedication during these unprecedented times.”

The Campaign also includes outreach via Facebook and other social media outlets.

“We urge our members to let their customers, co-workers, friends and family know about this campaign and to participate in whatever way then can to support us,” said President Whille.  “Posting on Social Media is just one way.  But good “old-fashioned” talking to your neighbors and to supermarket management is another.”

Local 1262 urges you to check this web site on a regular basis for updates on this program.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

June 25:

President

Local 1262 and other UFCW Locals have launched a Social  Media Campaign asking supermarket customers to support us in our efforts to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay.  The campaign includes advertisements in several key media outlets, including the Star-Ledger, Courier Post and Atlantic City Press, as well as a Campaign on Facebook and other social media outlets.  A copy of the ad can be found below.

Support Your Neighborhood Grocery Workers

The Social Media Campaign is the latest in a series of steps taken by Local 1262 and follows actions taken last week that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

President Whille emphasized that the union is not seeking a boycott but is asking shoppers to let the owners of these companies know how much their customers value our members and their dedication during these unprecedented times.

“We urge our members to let their customers, co-workers, friends and families know about this campaign and to participate in whatever way then can to support us,” said President Whille.

Local 1262 urges you to check this web site on a regular basis for updates on this situation.

You can also get breaking information by enrolling in Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program.  To register text “UPDATES1262” to 83071.

JUNE 24:

Harvey Whille today announced that UFCW Locals are launching a Social Media Campaign asking supermarket customers to support us in our efforts to maintain COVID-19 Hazard Pay.  The announcement follows actions taken last week that included filing Grievances against several companies for reducing or eliminating Hazard Pay.

The Customer Awareness Campaign will include advertisements in several widely circulated newspapers and on social media.  A copy of that message can be found by clicking below:

Support Your Neighborhood Grocery Workers

President Whille emphasized that the union is not seeking a boycott but is asking shoppers to let the owners of these companies know how much their customers value our members and their dedication during these unprecedented times.

“We urge our members to let their customers, co-workers, friends and families know about this campaign and to participate in whatever way then can to support us,” said President Whille.

Local 1262 urges you to check this web site on a regular basis for updates on this situation.

You can also get breaking information by enrolling in Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program.  To register text “UPDATES1262” to 83071.

June 23:

Local 1262 continues to pursue actions to ensure that our members are fairly compensated for their work during these unprecedented times. We have issued grievances against several employers demanding they reinstate Hazard Pay.

We have also formally notified employers that Local 1262 will pursue whatever avenues are available to us should those employers opt to eliminate Hazard Pay at any time in the near future.

We urge you to check this web site on a regular basis for updates on the Hazard Pay situation.

You can also get breaking information by enrolling in Local 1262’s Text Messaging Program.  To register text “UPDATES1262” to 83071.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

 

JUNE 22:

Local 1262 took several significant actions last week toward to ensure that our members are fairly compensated for their work during these unprecedented times.

Written grievances were filed against ACME Markets, Food Circus Supermarkets and Estevez Markets (both of which operate under the Foodtown banner) demanding that they reinstate Hazard Pay.

“Local 1262 will not stand by and allow any company to put our members in harm’s way without appropriate compensation,” said President Harvey Whille in announcing this action.  “We do not take this lightly and will fight to the end for our members.”

The Grievance Filings came on the heels of a formal notice issued to Stop & Shop and ShopRite informing them that Local 1262 will do whatever is within its contractual ability to ensure that those companies continue to maintain the Hazard Pay they currently have in effect.

“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our members to stand together in this fight for fairness,” said President Whille.  “Eliminating hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus is simply not acceptable.”

Local 1262 will continue to provide daily updates on this situation so please check this hotline and our web site and share the information with your co-workers.  For up-to-the-minute alerts, register for our Text Program by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.

Weekend June 20/21:

This week Local 1262 took several significant actions to ensure that our members will be fairly compensated for their work during these unprecedented times.

Local 1262 filed written grievances against ACME Markets, Food Circus Supermarkets and Estevez Markets (both of which operate under the Foodtown banner) demanding that they reinstate Hazard Pay.

The Grievance Filings come on the heels of a formal notice issued earlier this week to Stop & Shop and ShopRite informing them that Local 1262 will do whatever is within its contractual ability to ensure that those companies continue to maintain the Hazard Pay they currently have in effect (A copy of that letter can be found on our web site at www.ufcw1262.org.)

“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our members to stand together in this fight for fairness,” said President Whille.  “Eliminating hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus is simply not acceptable.”

Local 1262 will continue to provide daily updates on this situation so please check this hotline and our web site and share the information with your co-workers.  For up-to-the-minute alerts, register for our Text Program by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

JUNE 19:

Local 1262 took several significant actions this week to ensure that our members are fairly compensated for their work during these unprecedented times.

Yesterday (June 18) Local 1262 filed written grievances against ACME Markets, Food Circus Supermarkets and Estevez Markets (both of which operate under the Foodtown banner) demanding that they reinstate Hazard Pay.

“Local 1262 will not stand by and allow any company to put our members in harm’s way without appropriate compensation,” said President Harvey Whille in announcing this action.  “We do not take this lightly and will fight to the end for our members.”

The Grievance Filings come on the heels of a formal notice issued earlier this week to Stop & Shop and ShopRite informing them that Local 1262 will do whatever is within its contractual ability to ensure that those companies continue to maintain the Hazard Pay they currently have in effect

I cannot emphasize  enough ugh how important it is for our members to stand together in this fight for fairness,” said President Whille.  “Eliminating hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus is simply not acceptable.”

Local 1262 will continue to provide daily updates on this situation so please check this hotline and our web site and share the information with your co-workers. .

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Posted June 18:

Local 1262 filed written grievances with several employers that have discontinued Hazard Pay.  The grievances were filed today with ACME Markets, Food Circus Supermarkets and Estevez Markets (both of which operate under the Foodtown banner).

The grievances were filed against these employers demanding that they reinstate Hazard Pay.

“Local 1262 will not stand by and allow any company to put our members in harm’s way without appropriate compensation,” said President Harvey Whille.  “We do not take these actions lightly and will fight to the end for our members.”

The filing of the grievances against these three operators comes on the heels of a formal notice issued earlier this week to Stop & Shop and ShopRite informing them that the Local will do whatever is within its contractual ability to ensure that they continue to maintain the Hazard Pay they currently have in effect.

That letter also stated that should those employers decide to eliminate Hazard Pay the Local will have no choice but to pursue contractual remedies.

“Eliminating hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus is simply not acceptable and we will do whatever is necessary to seek appropriate remedies pursuant to the terms of our collective bargaining agreement.”

Please continue to check this web site for updates on this situation.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Thursday, June 18 @ 9 a.m.:

Local 1262 has issued a letter to Stop & Shop and all ShopRite owners informing them that the Local has taken the position that — because our members are still at COVID-19 risk — Hazard Pay must stay in effect.

The letter also stated that should the employers eliminate Hazard Pay the Local will have no choice but to pursue contractual remedies.

“We fully expect that our employers will continue to keep this aspect of employee wages in place,” said President Harvey Whille in the letter to the employers.  “Please further understand that any elimination of hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus will leave Local 1262 with no choice but to pursue appropriate remedies pursuant to the terms of our collective bargaining agreement.”

To read the full letter click on this link: 1262 Letter to Employers re Hazard Pay

We urge you to check this web site or our hotline for updates on this situation.

 

Posted June 17:

Yesterday (June 16) Local 1262 issued a letter to Stop & Shop and all ShopRite owners informing them that the Local has taken the position that because our members are still at COVID-19 risk that hazard pay must stay in effect.  The letter also stated that should the employers eliminate the hazard pay the Local will have no choice but to pursue contractual remedies.

“We fully expect that our employers will continue to keep this aspect of employee wages in place,” said President Harvey Whille in the letter to the employers.  “Please further understand that any elimination of hazard pay while our members continue to face exposure to the virus will leave Local 1262 with no choice but to pursue appropriate remedies pursuant to the terms of our collective bargaining agreement.”

To read the full letter click on this link: 1262 Letter to Employers re Hazard Pay

We urge you to check this web site or our hotline for updates on this situation.

As always, Local 1262 is committed to members’ health and safety and will continue to fight for your rights.  If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.  From New Jersey call 1-800-562-6913; from other states call 1-800-526-7814.

Hotline Posted 9 a.m. June 16:

1.To assist UFCW members during the COVID-19 situation, UnionPlus is offering free Credit Counseling. Certified, experienced consumer credit counseling advisors will listen to your needs and help you develop a plan of action for debt repayment. For more information, visit their web site at www.unionplus.org or call 877-833-1745.

2.  UFCW members who are looking for a new activity during COVID-19 can join the UFCW International’s Free Language Learning Program where they can learn a foreign language – or take an English As Second Language (ESL) course — online at their own pace. All lessons are self-guided and you can choose from more than 70 languages. Seating is limited so visit www.ufcw.org today to learn more.

3.  Last week, President Whille issued an update on Local 1262’s work toward maintaining COVID-19 Pay for our members and our commitment to fighting for our members’ rights.

As always, Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf We consider it a privilege to represent you.

WEEKEND UPDATE FROM PRES. WHILLE

This is the latest update from President Whille for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday June 13 and June 14.

  1. President Whille issued an update on Local 1262’s work toward maintaining COVID-19 Pay for our members. Local 1262 remains committed to fighting for our members rights. We also urge you to share this message with your co-workers so we can all continue to stand in solidarity.
  2. Local 1262 reminds our members that our Union Representatives, support staff and health and welfare office are here and ready to help you in these difficult times. To reach your Union Representative call 1-800-562-6913 if you are calling from New Jersey and 1-800-526-7814 if you are calling from other states. If you have health and welfare questions, call 1-800-522-4161.
  3. We remind our members to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071 and please ask your co-workers to join you.

As always, Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf We consider it a privilege to represent you.That concludes this hotline. Thank you for calling Local 1262.

Friday, June 12:

  1. Yesterday (June 11) President Whille issued an update on Local 1262’s work toward maintaining COVID-19 Pay for our members. Local 1262 remains committed to fighting for our members rights. His complete message and our plans for moving forward is listed below.  We also urge you to share this message with your co-workers so we can all continue to stand in solidarity.
  2. Local 1262 reminds our members that our Union Representatives, support staff and health and welfare office are here and ready to help you in these difficult times. To reach your Union Representative call 1-800-562-6913 if you are calling from New Jersey and 1-800-526-7814 if you are calling from other states. If you have health and welfare questions, call 1-800-522-4161.
  3. We remind our members to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071 and please ask your co-workers to join you.

As always, Local 1262’s officers and staff continue to work seven days a week on your behalf We consider it a privilege to represent you.

JUNE 11, 2020:

It has come to Local 1262’s attention that despite our efforts your employers are continuing with their plans to eliminate the COVID-19 Pay in the near future.

We are deeply disappointed that your employers are allowing their greed to exceed their need.  When they needed our members to staff their supermarkets during such difficult times, we showed up without hesitancy day after day to make sure their stores would remain open and that their customers could feed their families.

It has always been our position that Local 1262’s members deserve to be recognized – and appropriately compensated – for the critical role they continue to play on the front-lines every day and THAT WILL NOT CHANGE.

Your Union intends to pursue every option available to us to ensure that you continue to be treated fairly including legal channels such as arbitration. We also intend to conduct social media and other campaigns to let your neighbors know about how little your employers value your service.

Local 1262 and our sister locals will not deviate from this position as it relates to this matter and trust that your employers will come to the same realization:  that our members ARE Essential Workers and are ESSENTIAL to their business.

I urge our members to stand strong and to stand together in this fight for what you deserve.

Please continue to check this hotline and our web site for updates on this matter.  You can also contact your Union Representative with any questions or concerns that you may have.  Calling from New Jersey dial 1-800-562-6913. Calling from other states dial 1-800-526-7814.

Thurs., June 11 Update Posted @ 9 a.m.

  1. Local 1262 members and their families are eligible for a variety of discounts on products and services through the UFCW International and through UnionPlus. Visit www.ufcw.org and www.unionplus.org for details on how to get discounts on everything from cell phone service, to car insurance, mortgages, travel, dining and others.
  2. For the latest updates from the International UFCW read their weekly newsletter OnPoint. You can find that link on their web site at www.ufcw.org. You can also subscribe to OnPoint to have it sent directly to your email weekly.
  3. We remind our members to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

Wed., June 10

  1.  The International UFCW is now enrolling members for the Fall Semester of Free College Program. UFCW members and their families can attend this free on-line associate’s degree program which offers studies in more than 20 subjects. For more information, and to state the enrollment process, visit their web site at www.ufcw.org.
  2. This Monday, June 15 is the deadline to submit all materials – including transcripts — for Local 1262’s Scholarship Program. Complete details can be found on our web site.
  3. We remind our members to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, 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. 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., June 9

Local 1262 continues to work on behalf of our members to ensure that their safety is first and foremost.

Our officers and staff are in touch with your Shop Stewards in each store on a daily basis to ascertain that your contracts are being enforced and that your safety is first and foremost.

We also continue to work with your employers so that we can all move ahead appropriately.

Local 1262, as always, is here working to support our members.  We are proud of you and stand by you in these challenging times.

Monday, June 8:

President Harvey Whille is pleased to share the following message from our UFCW International President Marc Perrone:

“This has been an incredibly difficult and trying time in our nation.  We continue to endure a global pandemic that has directly impacted so many of our members who work across food retail, food processing, healthcare, pharmacies, and so many other industries. We have members who have been furloughed and lost jobs and are among the 40 million Americans who are currently out of work.

“And now, we are witnessing an unprecedented outpouring of grief and anger at the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of those sworn to protect all of us.

“We are proud of our union family’s diversity and have long been committed to the pursuit of economic and social justice.  In a perfect world, we would be able to say that words alone would inspire others to seek the same path.  But in reality, we must confront our nation’s economic, social, and political inequities head on to build a better and more just America.  If there is any lesson that comes from our nation’s current turmoil it must be this—together we can and must make change.

In that spirit, we would like you to know about a number of recent actions your union has taken to ensure that those in positions of power and influence hear the concerns of all our UFCW members.

Among some of the recent actions:

 

  • We shared our thoughts on the murder of George Floyd and continue our steadfast support of Reverend William Barber’s social justice efforts. We are also providing our members with a number of tips on what they can do if they work in an area with protests.
  • To ensure the national media is aware of the challenges and risks our members face, we have hosted three national press calls—reaching millions of Americans. These calls featured UFCW members, like you, who expressed the need for protections, essential pay, and better safety measures for our members.

 

  • To encourage customers to protect essential workers, like our UFCW members, we have launched a #ShopSmart customer-facing grocery campaign. You can learn more here: ufcw.org/coronavirus/ShopSmart.
  • To mobilize Republican, Democrat, and Independent elected leaders to take action, we have engaged in a comprehensive political outreach effort which has included direct outreach to the USDA, OSHA, the White House, state Governors, and members of Congress. All these efforts have stressed the need for bipartisan action to improve the safety and protection of our members.
  • In addition, we have launched a federal petition to support all essential workers: Please Tell Congress & President Trump: Protect ALL Frontline Workers, and have also provided testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee stressing how this health crisis has affected members.

 

To help keep our UFCW members across every industry better informed we have also:

 

  • Launched a COVID-19 resource page: ufcw.org/coronavirus
  • Continue to send out weekly blast text updates. If you do not receive these texts already, please text PREPARED to 83071 to sign up.
  • Provided an online reporting form for members to report potential Health & Safety concerns in the workplace: ufcw.org/coronavirus/reportanissue

 

In the coming weeks and months, your UFCW union family will continue to speak out and reach out.  As we can all agree, the work you do is always essential, and it must be protected.  Furthermore, with over 1.3 million members we have an opportunity to have our voices heard and we will continue to raise your concerns with those in power.

 

If you would like to stay informed on future actions, please sign up and encourage your coworkers to do the same. All you have to do is text PREPARED to 83071 to receive more important updates.

 

Thank you, stay safe, and never forget the power to change others begins with us.

WEEKEND UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT WHILLE 

  1. Last week President Harvey Whille and the presidents from all the Locals in Region One issued a letter to all companies that employ our members telling them of the need to continue COVID-19 Pay. Local 1262 continues to fight for your safety and rights during this difficult time on the “front lines” of our nation’s supermarkets.
  2. Local 1262’s New Jersey and New York Resource Guides have been fully updated and now include links to COVID-19 information as well as new information on how to access telehealth services and other similar resources. The Guides can be accessed on our web site and are interactive so you are just a click away from getting the information you need.
  3. The deadline for Local 1262’s Scholarship Program is just around the corner on June 15. We urge you to submit your completed applications today.
  4. Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey’s Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP), which was established to help parents or guardians who are Essential Employees, has closed and that day care centers will be allowed to re-open on June 15 if they follow state guidelines.
  5. Don’t forget to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, 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. 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.

Friday, June 5:

  1. As part of Executive Order 149 Governor Phil Murphy has announced that New Jersey’s Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP), which was established to help parents or guardians who are Essential Employees, has now closed and that day care centers will be allowed to re-open on June 15 if they follow state guidelines. Additionally, youth day camps can open on or after July 6 as long as they comply with COVID-19-specific health and safety standards. For more information on these openings, and programs available to help with costs, etc., Child Care & Camps Re-Open Info
  2. June 15 is also the deadline Local 1262’s Scholarship Program. Complete details CLICK HERE.
  3. We remind our members to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

As always, 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. 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.

Thurs., June 4:

Local 1262’s Member Assistance Program has been working hard during the COVID-19 situation to provide information and resources to help our members and their families.

NJ Member Guide June 2020

NY Member Guide June 2020

Our New Jersey and New York Resource Guides have been fully updated and now include links to COVID-19 information as well as new information on how to access telehealth services and other similar resources.

The two guides for New Jersey and New York residents are interactive so you are just a click away from getting the information you need.

We urge you to check our web site frequently as it is updated daily with new information and resources for our members.

We also urge you to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union.  Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

 

Wed. June 3

  1. We would like to remind you that if you are having issues with your health care coverage, please contact our health and welfare department at 1-800-522-4161. They are working around the clock to help our members in this difficult time.
  2. The deadline for Local 1262’s Scholarship Program is just around the corner. The deadline for all materials including transcripts is Monday, June 15. Visit our web site for complete information.
  3. Don’t forget to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

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. 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.

Tuesday, June 2:

NJ Governor Phil Murphy yesterday (Mon., June 1) announced the COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program which will provide rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income as a result of the pandemic.

The program will open for applications in July.  The State of New Jersey will issue further details on Monday, June 15 at their web site.  Local 1262 will continue to provide our members and their families with information on this program and others as they become available.

As always, 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.  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.

Monday, June 1:

    1. On Friday, May 29 President Harvey Whille and the presidents from all the Locals in Region One issued a letter to all companies employing our members telling them of the need to continue COVID-19 Pay.  READ THE STATEMENT HERE
    2. For the latest information from the UFCW International Union, CLICK HERE.
    3. Don’t forget to join Local 1262’s Texting Program so you can receive up to the minute information from your union. Simply text UPDATES1262 to 83071.

 

  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

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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