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Assembly Committee Mitigates Harms from Store Closures by Passing SB 1089

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Assembly Judiciary Committee for passing SB 1089 (Smallwood-Cuevas) yesterday, 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 has five employees or less. The following statement may be attributed to Kathy Finn, president, UFCW Local 770:

“Grocery stores and pharmacies are cornerstones of our communities, and when they close abruptly, it has ripple effects throughout all of our lives. Workers already living paycheck to paycheck lose their jobs without knowing how they will pay their bills. Patients’ prescriptions get sent to another store and they aren’t told where. Customers who don’t have a car can’t walk to get fresh food. We’re proud the Assembly Judiciary Committee supported SB 1089 to mitigate these effects by requiring advance notice of store closures.” 

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

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July 2, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]