Jan 8, 2011

UFCW Local 99 deplores violence in Tucson

From our brothers and sisters at UFCW Local 99 in Arizona:

UFCW Local 99 deplores violence in Tucson, sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ to victims

The following is a statement from Jim McLaughlin, president of UFCW Local 99:

This is a tragic day for the people of Arizona. Our union deplores the senseless violence in Tucson that struck our friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and several others at a Safeway supermarket. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families, their co-workers and their friends.

No members or staff of UFCW Local 99 were hurt in this event, but our members in the store were among the first to respond to aid the injured.

I have spoken with a steward in the store and we have dispatched Local 99 staff who rushed to the scene. In addition, our health administrators are sending in teams to assist our members with the stress and mental trauma that they are experiencing.

Please visit our website, ufcw99.com, for updates on developments as they affect our union

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