UFCW 1518 calls on the Provincial Government to mandate masks in stores

On Tuesday, October 27, UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak sent a letter to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry asking her to require anyone entering a grocery store or retail outlet to wear a mask.

The call comes after COVID-19 cases peaked at over 800 cases over the weekend, making it clear that British Columbia is in the second wave of the pandemic. UFCW 1518 is seeking mandatory mask-wearing in grocery stores to slow the transmission of the virus and protect front line workers.

“Our members are diligently doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and carrying out enhanced health and safety procedures,” said Novak. “It’s time that the government did its part to ensure that customers wear masks to protect workers.”

Click here to read the letter to Dr. Henry.

Our campaign has been picking up steam in the media:

  • Grocery union wants mask order – News 1130 Watch Now
  • Labour union calls on B.C.’s top doctor to mandate masks in grocery stores – CTV News Vancouver Island Read Now
  • BC grocery stores continue to call for masks – CTV News Vancouver Island Watch Now
  • Union representing grocery workers calls on Dr. Bonnie Henry to mandate masks in stores – Check News Read Now