An employee of Maple Lodge Farms at the Brampton plant died from COVID-19.
“On behalf of the members and staff of the Union, I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased member,” Shawn Haggerty, President of United Food. & Commercial Workers (TUAC), Local 175 – the union that represents employees of Maple Lodge Farms in Brampton, said in a press release.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time, as well as the other members of the factory who are also responsible for their own diagnoses of COVID-19,” he said.
Currently 25 employees at Maple Lodge in Brampton have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic.
To prevent the spread of the virus, Maple Lodge Farms has put in place additional safety measures to ensure employees have a safe workplace, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, breaks and shifts. staggered work to maintain physical distance, improved cleaning for all areas. of the factory and arrangements for members to get to and from the factory safely.
Haggerty recognized that while UFCW employees provide an essential service by ensuring that Canadians have enough food to eat, they should not have to sacrifice their health and well-being to do so.
“The Union is committed to ensuring that they are able to do this work in as safe an environment as possible and will take all reasonable steps to protect them. Maintaining the food supply chain is important, but it should not be at the expense of workers’ health, “said Haggerty.
Cover photo courtesy of Instagram from Maple Lodge Farms