How Many Grocery Store Workers Have Died From Coronavirus?
At least 68 grocery store workers nationwide have died from COVID-19, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 20,000 grocery store employees in Los Angeles County.
The union also says more than 10,000 of its members have been exposed to COVID-19 or sickened by the virus in the last five weeks.
Union President Marc Perrone is calling on grocers to reinstate a $2 per hour pay bump they recently rolled back:
"These companies, by eliminating this hazard pay, ignores what the American people know -- that this virus is still very much a threat, and especially for those workers who must interact with thousands of customers everyday."
Following weekend protests against Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs and several other grocery chains, the company announced a "thank you" bonus for full and part-time workers.
A similar bonus was paid out at the beginning of the panedmic, in addition to the hourly increase.
The union is also calling on all food retailers to release the number of workers who have been killed or sickened by COVID-19.