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Advance Notification Bill Moves to Help Workers and Public Plan for Store Closures

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing SB 1089 (Smallwood-Cuevas), which will help mitigate the harms from abrupt disruptions in access to food and prescription medication, especially in underserved or at-risk African American communities, by requiring 60-day advance notifications to the affected community, employees, and other stakeholders, before the closure of a grocery store or pharmacy with five or more employees. The bill requires a 30-days notice for a grocery store or pharmacy that have five employees or less. The following statement may be attributed to Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Local 324:

“UFCW members have been dealing with uncertain, inconsistent Rite Aid store closures for months now. Some stores have received two weeks notice that the store is closing. Others received less than 24 hours notice where our members come to work and learn the horrible news. When workers live paycheck to paycheck, not having advance notice of your store closing means not being sure they can pay their rent or their car payment that month. Pharmacy closures without advance notice also cause chaos for patients who don’t know where their prescription is transferred to, especially if it’s transferred to an out of network pharmacy. SB 1089 will mitigate these harms by requiring advanced notice so workers and customers can plan ahead, especially in underserved communities, and UFCW is proud to sponsor this important bill.”

SB 1089 is part of the 2024 California Legislative Black Caucus Reparations Priority Bill Package.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]