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These three states have classified grocery store workers as essential

By Marianne Wilson - 03/20/2020

As confusion reigns about what is considered essential retail amid the coronavirus outbreak, three states have taken action. More are likely to follow suit.  

Minnesota, Michigan and Vermont have classified grocery workers as members of the essential workforce, according to a report by CSA sister publication Progressive Grocer. As such, supermarket employees in will have access to child care in a similar way to health care workers.

The Washington, D.C.-based United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauded the states for recognizing those providing families the food and supplies they need.

"As our country confronts this outbreak and its devastating impact on our economy, there has never been a more important time for strong leadership," wrote UFCW International President Marc Perrone. "Congress must follow the lead of these states and provide paid leave and other essential protections needed to support the brave grocery and retail workers keeping our communities strong."

For the full Progressive Grocer story, click here.

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