Grocery store workers call on Gov. Northam to declare them first responders

Posted at 6:44 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:47:27-04

A group of grocery store workers in Virginia is now calling on the governor to declare them as first responders in the fight against COVID-19.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union -- Local 400 -- says Gov. Ralph Northam has not done enough to keep its members - grocery store cashiers, pharmacy employees and food processing workers – safe.

The union says this "first responder" designation would allow workers to get free COVID-19 testing, treatment and personal protective equipment.

"Our members are very anxious, understandably very concerned – as we are - for their safety,” said Jonathan Williams with UFCW Local 400. “We can’t allow the grocery store to be the most dangerous place you can be right now.”

The union also wants Gov. Northam to set far stricter limits on how many customers are allowed inside supermarkets at one time.

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