United Food and Commercial Workers supports NJ mask mandate
With Connecticut getting rid of their mask mandate in a few days and New Jersey choosing to keep it - many are left in the dark as to how to approach the situation.
The United Food and Commercial Workers came out supporting the continuation of the mask mandate in the state.
Sam Ferraino Jr., who represents employees in the union at stores like Stop & Shop and ShopRite, says he's heard first hand their concerns throughout the pandemic.
He says he'd like to see the state reach herd immunity before grocery store workers can unmask.
New Jersey is part of a small minority of states still requiring masks be worn indoors along with New York, Massachusetts, California and Washington, D.C.
The president of the union, Marc Perrone, said in a statement: "As the union for front line food and retail workers across the country, UFCW is calling on governors to follow the lead of states like New Jersey and Hawaii that are keeping these life-saving mask mandates in place as we work to vaccinate the millions of Americans still at risk."
The largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, has also condemned the decision made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.