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Retail workers push for bill that would boost safety

Posted 4/26/24

“We weren’t prepared for that day,” said Jerome Bridges, an employee at a Buffalo grocery store where 10 people were shot and killed on May 14, 2022. “That day was horrible for me. I still have nightmares from time to time.”

Bridges is among the retail workers advocating for the passage of the Retail Worker Safety Act, which would mandate that retail establishments with at least 10 workers provide their employees with training to prevent violence and would require certain stores to install panic buttons. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union held an online press conference Wednesday to push for the legislation.

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