FG Deli Group, which employs UFCW 247 members at its facility in Langley, has announced it will provide premium pay of $2.00 per hour, retroactive to March 8, 2020.
This is a temporary program that will be effective from March 8, 2020 to May 2, 2020, and it may be extended if needed.
Members’ pay will be based on $2.00 per hour worked (to include overtime at straight hours so 1 hour of overtime will equal $2.00 premium).
The premium will be paid each pay period and will show as “ApprPrem” on members’ pay statements.
Retroactive amount owing from last pay period will be included with upcoming pay.
Safety measures at FG Deli
Because fever is known to be one of the first symptoms of COVID-19, FG Deli takes the body temperature of everyone entering the building with a non-touch forehead thermometer. (FYI, the union’s legal counsel advises that due to the COVID-19 crisis, there is a strong legal case in favour of screening people for temperature.)
Screening for fever/high temperature was (and is) done extensively in South Korea and other Asian locales, and has been recognized as a particularly good strategy to isolate those who may be unknowingly carrying the virus.
In addition, FG Deli has put new safety measures in place to better protect staff in common areas.