Nov 17, 2023 | News Story

Holiday Shopping Statement from RWDSU

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), has issued a statement urging workers be treated with dignity and respect from in-store shopping to e-commerce warehousing, from farm to table and everything in between:

“The stress and pressure for retail workers during the holiday season is exacerbated by a continuing rise in incidents of workplace violence," said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum in the statement. "Incidents of harassment, violence and hate are striking fear this holiday season in workers who are already worried about their physical safety and mental health at work every day of the year. Retail workers bear the brunt of shoppers’ frustration when it comes to rising inflation and perpetuating supply chain issues. Workers are not to blame, and stores should provide security, safety protocols and training to handle irate shoppers this season as well as safe staffing levels. Shoppers need to treat workers with dignity and respect – period." Read the full statement here.