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Assembly Committee Supports Requiring Prior Notification on Store Closures

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Senate Labor 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 90-day advance notifications to the affected community, employees, and other stakeholders, before the closure of a grocery store or pharmacy. The following statement may be attributed to Todd Walters, president, UFCW Local 135:

“Our members have come to work in the morning and found out that their store is closing next week and that they would be out of a job. Without advance notice of store closures, they are left in the lurch on how they would pay their rent or put food on their table. Sometimes their customers don’t even hear that their prescription has been moved until the store is already closed. 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 17, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]