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Stay strong as negotiations continue at Local 711

Local 711 is proud of the continued solidarity displayed by the members as negotiators work to secure new collective bargaining agreements. Union solidarity is the key ingredient for success at the bargaining table. A united front shows employers the strength union members can possess when they stay together.

In these contract negotiations, UFCW Local 711 is focused to secure proper funding for healthcare and pensions funds.

Pension funds are around the world have been rocked this spring by losses sustained by the financial market due to the global economic shutdown. This means financial projections must take into account the increased costs of these benefits. UFCW Local 711 is working hard to address this issue.

Wages, of course, are always at the top of mind for the union and members alike. They will be a key issue in any contract settlement.

The union has and will continue to stress the importance of wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fact that members of Local 711 are “essential workers,” and that their dedication and courage has made it possible for customers to have access to food and needed medicine.

President Gittings said, “We know that the challenges posed by the health crisis have made your jobs more difficult, and more stressful. We know that they stress doesn’t end when you clock out. We know that you deserve fair contracts that protect your health and retirements.”

In these challenging times, the union is working hard on the member’s behalf on all fronts, including safety and health issues related to COVID-19, contract negotiations, and of course any work issues that may arise.

While negotiations continue, the current contracts remain in effect, along with all contractual benefits, health insurance, and pension.

“Remember that our solidarity is more important than ever before given the challenges that we face,” said Gittings.

Members are urged to please support the union and each other, and don’t listen to or spread rumors.

As always, please contract your union representatives with any questions that you may have.

Culinary Union 226-SEIU 1107-National Nurses United-UFCW 711 demands for worker safety

Las Vegas, NV – A coalition of Nevada unions have sent letters to elected Nevada legislative senate and assembly representatives, Las Vegas city council, and the Clark County Commissioners urging that political leaders ensure workers have the highest standard of personal protective equipment (PPE) by passing regulations and holding hearings that address safety issues.
Culinary Union, SEIU 1107, National Nurses United, and UFCW 711 represent over 100,000 workers across Nevada. In the letter, the coalition urges elected officials to:
1) Prioritize legislation and action at the state level to protect the health and safety of working families.
2) Call on the gaming industry, hospital corporations, and grocery stores to provide the optimal PPE and masks for all workers, customers, and guests.
3) Require customers and guests in the gaming, hospital, and grocery industries to wear masks.
“We believe that all workers dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, whether it’s healthcare workers, cafeteria workers, casino workers, public service workers or grocery store workers, deserve to be protected,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for Culinary Union. “Essential workers put their lives on the line each day to keep us healthy, they support frontline healthcare workers, and they get us what we need to make it through this crisis. All workers deserve the highest level of protective gear to protect themselves and their families during this pandemic. No worker should fear getting their families sick because they don’t have the right protective gear.”
“Healthcare, retail, hospitality, delivery drivers, and all other essential frontline workers across Nevada (and the country) report that they are not receiving the proper staffing, PPE, education, and communication from their employers needed to protect Nevadans from this devastating pandemic,” said Grace Vergara-Mactal, Executive Director SEIU Local 1107. “At a moment when we are asking frontline workers to step up and protect people, we must be able to protect them as well.”
“Workplace protections, including optimal PPE, to prevent worker exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 must be based on the precautionary principle—that employers should not wait for proof of harm before taking action to protect workers—and on the growing scientific knowledge regarding transmission of this virus: that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections play a significant role in the rapid spread of this virus and that this virus is transmitted not just through contact with contaminated surfaces and large respiratory droplets created by sneezes or coughs, but also through small respiratory particles that remain suspended in and travel through the air,” said Zachary Pritchett, RN, National Nurses United.
“Working people must have a seat at the table to address this crisis and during the ongoing recovery process,” said Mike Gittings, President UFCW Local 711. “Our unions demand it and we need the help of elected leaders to ensure working families are protected.”

Reference numbers for COVID-19 testing information

UFCW 711 recommends you speak to your healthcare provider with any COVID questions you may have, including those regarding testing. However, if your health care provider has been unable to arrange testing, you may want to try the resources listed below. Keep in mind, Local 711 is unable to evaluate, recommend, or endorse any of the entities on this list. We are providing this solely on an informational basis. As always, please take steps to determine which medical providers, if any, are right for you and your family.
Southern Nevada
Southern Nevada Health District- 702-759-1000
UNLV School of Medicine – 702-583-4408
Northern Nevada
Washoe County Health District – 775-328 2427
Salt Lake City Area
COVID-19 Information hotline: 1-800-456-7707
Salt Lake County Health Department-: 385-468-4100
University of Utah hospital: 801-581-2121
Steward Health Care providers, below – 801-984-1577.
Davis Hospital & Medical Center
Jordan Valley Medical Center
Mountain Point Medical Center
Southern Utah
Washington County area Health Dept: (435) 673-3528
Iron County Health Dept: (435) 673-3528
Intermountain Healthcare Cedar City: (435) 868-5000
Dixie Regional Medical Center: (435) 251-1000
Tri-County Area:
COVID-19 Hotline at 844-442-5224
Ephraim Clinic- (435) 283-4076
Tri-County Health Department: (435) 247-1177
Indian Health service: 435-725-6815
Uintah Basin Medical Center: (435) 722-4691

ALERT – CDC’s Recommendation Regarding Face Masks to be Worn in Public

The CDC now recommends wearing a face covering when in public areas. Experts agree that wearing a mask is a good idea if you are caring for a sick person so you can reduce the chances that you’ll become infected. Face coverings can be made out of dense cloth or home-made by using bandannas, sweaters or towels and should cover both nose and mouth. Ideally, they should be washed after each use with detergent and hot water, then dried on hot cycle.