We know that during the highest covid-19 days, grocery workers of Kroger grocery chain were working hard to feed the nation. While, how many died from the virus? Here’s the statement by the worker from Kroger. When terrified shoppers swept through groceries in the early days of the pandemic last year, brother Angela MacMiller, worker in Chicago, called to say he was too sick to bear it.
Another worker Philip Thomas, 48, has been in the store for nine years, most recently in the meat division. he said he hadn’t gone to work in two weeks because he was so ill.
McMiller told her brother that she would bring some food after work. But when I called that evening, he didn’t answer. The next day, she received a call stating that Thomas had tested positive for Covid-19 and passed away. “I almost fell to the ground,” she said. “We don’t have deaths like this in our family.” More than a year after the pandemic first broke out across the country, the plight of grocery workers who risked death to keep the country fueled has raised questions about retail working conditions. And corporate responsibility for workers’ deaths due to the coronavirus. At least 158 grocery workers have died from the virus, and at least 35,100 workers have been infected or exposed, according to data from the International Food and Trade Workers Federation.
Another big retail Walmart has seen at least 22 store workers die from Covid-19, according to worker-sourced data provided to United For Respect, a nonprofit work defense group. Walmart declined to comment on the number of coronavirus cases among the 1.5 million workers in the United States.
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“While it may be impossible to trace the source of anyone’s infection, what we’ve seen is that the health of our partners tends to track the health of the country as a whole,” he said. For those hundreds of families like McMiller who continue to work after losing a loved one, there is little recourse across companies to seek financial compensation under current labor laws, according to Stephen Levine, a lead partner at Levin Personal Injury Law firm, based in Chicago Many of these cases will be difficult even if the employer is corrupt and doesn’t have the right procedures,” Levine said. Since the early days of the pandemic, grocery workers have been at the center of the country’s fight against the coronavirus. Like health care workers, they are in close contact with clients, which increases the likelihood that they will contract the virus. But while Walmart, Kroger and Amazon, which owns the Whole Foods Market, all offer paid sick leave, 55 percent of grocery workers say they don’t get paid sick leave benefits, according to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shift Project.
“We’re starting to see retail workers getting sick and putting themselves into quarantine,” said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado, which represents more than 17,000 private grocery workers in the state. “They had to use personal time to take time off or go to work sick.” As restaurants closed their doors, a crowd of people rushed to grocery stores to get food and necessities, which led to an increase in grocery sales across the board. At Kroger, the company had total sales of about $ 132 billion last year, compared to $ 122.3 billion the year before. Walmart, the nation’s largest grocery store, reported that its sales grew to $ 341 billion in 2020 from $ 331 billion the year before. Hopefully, after getting vaccinated we can hope for less death toll. What are you thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below!