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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 13, 2021
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Statement on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Statewide Mask Mandate from Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW President John R. Durso

(MINEOLA, NY) - “As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout New York, Local 338’s primary concern is the safety of our members, all of whom are essential workers and deal directly with the public. They have been on the front lines of this pandemic from the very beginning, serving their communities as employees in grocery stores, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities amongst other essential services, and today’s implementation of Governor Hochul’s indoor mask mandate is going to help save lives and keep our members safe. It is up to us to do our part and wear masks while out shopping or frequenting public spaces.

Local 338 fully supports Governor Hochul’s directive, but I want to make it clear: it is not our essential workers’ responsibility to enforce this mandate. Employers must make it clear to members of the public that masks are required to shop in their stores, and if customers cannot comply with the law, then they must leave the vicinity. This virus needs to be taken seriously—it still poses a risk to all of us. The best way to protect ourselves and show continued respect for workers is by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask,” said John R. Durso, President of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW and the Long Island Federation of Labor. 


Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW proudly represents approximately 13,000 working men and women employed in a variety of different industries across New York State including, food retail, pharmaceutical retail, health care and human services, transportation, and medical cannabis. 
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