In Southern California, workers at Ralphs and Food 4 Less keep testing positive, but their corporate owners, Kroger, have changed the plans about who qualifies for testing. And the workers want a stronger plan in place as they put themselves at risk.
In the past two months, grocery store employees have suddenly found themselves on the front lines of a pandemic. At a Ralphs grocery store in Hollywood, 21 employees tested positive for COVID-19, sparking protests by workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union and calls for heightened protections. But after Kroger, which owns Ralphs and Food 4 Less, promised to test all 22,000 of its Southern California grocery employees, the union says the company has backpedaled, and will only test those with symptoms or who are in medical need.
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