DENVER, CO — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 is hosting a memorial Sunday in honor of three union members who worked at grocery stores and died of COVID-19 — Karen Haws, Randy Narvaez and James McKay.
"Each of these members was an essential hero who risked their lives in order to help feed their communities during a global pandemic," the union said in a news release.
"We continue to stand with all essential heroes and their families who have been affected by COVID-19 and those who continue to work everyday. Today, all of our members are essential heroes, and will be forever."
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During the event, union leaders will pay tribute to each member and their families, organizers said. All attendees are asked to adhere to social distancing rules and wear masks.
Attendees will gather in the Colorado Education Association parking lot at 10:15 a.m. for remarks by UFCW Local 7 President Kim Cordova, Colorado Jobs with Justice Executive Director Pamela Reséndiz Trujano and family members of the fallen workers, organizers said.
Attendees will then take part in a memorial drive past the King Soopers store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood at Corona and 9th St in Denver, where Randy Narvaez and James McKay worked.
King Soopers said it's provided gloves and masks to all employees for every shift, installed plexiglass shields at checkouts, posted decals that outline social distancing guidelines, issued protocols for handwashing and cleaning every 30 minutes, limited store capacity to 50 percent, increased store sanitation when stocking and conducted mandatory temperature and symptom checks for workers before all shifts.