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California Senate Helps Workers and Consumers Have Advance Notice of Store Closures

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the California State Senate 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 has five employees or less. The following statement may be attributed to Joe Duffle, president, UFCW Local 1167:

“I’ve been in countless Rite Aid stores where our members are so afraid that they will be out of a job any time their manager calls a meeting. This uncertainty of whether they can pay their rent or car payment that month is causing unneeded stress for our members. SB 1089 will ensure our members and communities receive advance notice before a grocery or drug-retail store closure so workers can plan ahead, and pharmacy patients can know where their prescriptions will be transferred. 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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May 21, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]