Friday, March 20, 2020

We’re here for you! For fast response on issues related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 email us

Local 1500’s position is that its members should be allowed to wear masks if they want to, during this pandemic. If you have been told by management that you cannot wear a mask, or have been disciplined for doing so, please email us at and we will address it with your company immediately. Please include your name, company, and store number.

Local 1500 is calling on all Elected Officials to step up in support of the hard work and dedication of all grocery workers.
During the worst health crisis in recent history, UFCW Local 1500 is seeking for the companies to reward their employees for all of their sacrifice, dedication, and hard work. The Union wants Employers to come up with a remedy, even beyond the scope of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and give back to all of the employees that continue to work during this health crisis.
“We’ve watched the great members of Local 1500 selflessly report to work all during this crisis, with an immeasurable concern for the owners of their companies, and customers they see every day” said Local 1500 President Rob Newell. “It’s high time the companies that have seen incredible gains over the last few weeks show their true appreciation for their loyal employees for sticking through this crisis.” President Newell asked the companies to consider turning some of their profits into a wage increase for Local 1500 members.
In an effort to move this issue, President Newell sent these letters to NEw York State Elected Officials.
If you are a customer reading this:
Please remember to thank your Local 1500 grocery workers for keeping NY moving during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Thank You Local 1500 Members

Dear Local 1500 member,

As always, you are holding the frontline during this extremely tough time. New Yorkers would not be able to get through this crisis without you. 

As the days go on and more schools, businesses, and key locations temporarily close, you continue to get up, out, and back to work every day to ensure New Yorkers have what they need to survive.

Thank you for all of your hard work, your selflessness, your commitment, and the sacrifices you have made to help us all get through this time.  We expect that your employers will never forget what you’ve done, and are doing to make their companies stay open and profitable. If you are a customer reading this, think about how difficult and how necessary retail jobs are, and please take the time to thank the employees when you see them. 

One of the factors that will always be remembered is how critical your jobs are, where it’s basically you (retail) and emergency service/healthcare employees that are expected to keep working, no matter what the situation is. Rest assured that Local 1500 will do everything possible to make sure you are treated fairly and are in no way financially disadvantaged during this time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Due to the growing concern over the Coronavirus, we regret to inform you that the UFCW Local 1500 Blood Drive has been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Blood Drive: Mach 2020

Mark your calendars! March 24th is our first blood drive of the year. It will be held at Frank Meehan Hall from 2pm to 8pm. Let's start the year off strong by donating as much blood as we can to help save lives. Register here at #MyUnionHasValue #BloodDrive2020 #UFCW1500

UFCW Local 1500 members have jobs that require you to work closely with the public, so it’s important to know how to stay healthy, as well as avoid panicking or spreading misinformation about the virus.
- TIPS from the CDC on HOW TO STAY HEALTHY amidst the Flu season and COVID-19[Coronavirus]:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible, but especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Also avoid sharing drinks, food, or eating utensils.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- DO NOT use a face mask unless you are sick. [CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases]
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you’re not feeling well, stay home and see a doctor.
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