The UFCW ‘Condemns The Senseless Violence’ That Took Place At The King Soopers Grocery Store In Colorado: “This Is A Tragic Reminder The Pandemic Is Not The Only Threat Our Communities Face”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) - which represents 1.3 million Front Line Workers in food and retail across the United States, including 32 King Soopers Grocery Workers who work at the Boulder, Colorado store where this week’s shooting took place, is condemning the senseless violence.
UFCW represents over 22,000 Colorado Workers statewide and is calling on State and Federal Leaders for a full investigation and action to prevent future tragedies that could endanger Essential Workers already facing COVID risks. UFCW has confirmed that at least 1,060 Colorado Front Line Food Worker infections from COVID-19 during the pandemic, with at least four Colorado Worker deaths from the virus, among the Union’s Members.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:
“As the Union for the brave Colorado Grocery Workers caught in the crossfire of this tragic shooting, UFCW is heartbroken and our prayers are with our members, their families, and the loved ones of all the victims.
We are deeply thankful to the Grocery Workers, customers and First Responders whose courageous actions helped to prevent even more lives from being lost.
Every day of this pandemic, Grocery Workers have been bravely putting their health at risk on the frontlines of COVID-19 to keep our families fed.
This shooting is a tragic reminder that the pandemic is not the only threat our communities face.
Protecting Essential Workers and the families they serve must be the first priority of corporate and elected leaders. UFCW is calling for an immediate investigation into this shooting, urging Governor Polis and Colorado leaders to work with law enforcement at the Federal, State and Local Level to determine how this happened.
The victims and their families deserve answers and need to know that our leaders are doing all they can to prevent future tragedies like this from endangering even more of our country’s brave essential workers.”
Just weeks earlier, King Soopers Workers in Loveland, Colorado voted to become Members of UFCW Local 7 for the benefits that come with a union contract.
The 24 Workers, employed in deli, cheese and Starbucks departments in King Soopers Store #74, wanted the same Union Contractual Protections and Benefits as their colleagues in the Unionized meat and seafood departments.
For More On This Labor News Story, Go To: www.ufcw.org/press-releases/ufcw-statement-on-colorado-grocery-store-shooting/ And www.ufcw.org/actions/victories/king-soopers-workers-in-colorado-join-local-7/.