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This week, residents of West Hempstead were shocked by a shooting at a Stop & Shop location where approximately 150 workers are represented by Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW. Long time Local 338 member Ray Wishropp was killed in the senseless violence. Union representatives were quickly on site to ensure that members had all the support they need, including access to counseling.
“It will take a long time to heal from today’s tragedy,” said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum. “Our members have been on the frontlines of the pandemic for over a year, they have already endured too much, and we cannot and will not stand for senseless gun violence in their workplaces. We can, and we must ensure workers are safe at work.”
“The working people at Stop & Shop are essential workers and ensured that all of our communities, including West Hempstead, had what they needed to navigate the pandemic,” said Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW President John R. Durso. “The last year has been one full of resiliency, but also one of great worry. These workers have been through a tremendous amount and should never have to fear for their safety. We as a society must recognize that gun violence is a workplace safety issue and that as part of this healing, we must make changes to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”