Detroit grocery store pays $10K fine for violation of child labor laws
DETROIT – A Detroit grocery store has paid a $10,000 fine for employing several minors in violation of federal child labor laws by allowing them to operate trash compactors and tend to bottle recycling machines. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division reports Greenfield Market in Detroit allowed workers between the ages of 15 and 17 to operate or tend to the machinery. “Businesses that employ minors must comply with federal laws that protect youth in the workforce.”AdThe Fair Labor Standards Act establishes both hours and occupational standards for minor employees. Children under age 18 may not be employed in any occupation the Secretary of Labor has declared to be hazardous. AdBack in 2019: Nearly 40 Michigan businesses fined for violating wage, child labor laws
Metro Detroit essential workers push for vaccinations
PORTAGE, Mich. – With the shipments of the Pfizer vaccine out of Portage on the way, Michigan’s essential workers -- especially those in the food industry -- are hoping they will be next in line after medical workers to be vaccinated. For months, workers in grocery stores and the food industry have been subjected to some of the worst outbreaks during the pandemic. essential workers are urging they should be next -- as stores continue to fill with holiday shoppers. Michigan’s covid outbreak tracker shows the food industry and retail shops account for nearly 40 current outbreaks statewide. They are still part of the first wave with hundreds of thousands of other workers in essential industries all looking to get vaccinated.
Oakland County provides free home delivery grocery service membership for seniors to limit COVID-19 exposure
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Senior adults in Oakland County are able to obtain a free membership for a home delivery grocery service so their exposure to COVID-19 is limited. Oakland County seniors age 60 and older are able to get the membership. The membership allows residents to get free delivery for orders worth more than $35. The account must be in the senior’s name and the address for delivery must be in Oakland County. Registration assistance is available by calling the Oakland County Help Hotline on weekdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at 248-858-1000.
Officials: Don’t panic buy toilet paper, paper towel or other items because it causes a ripple effect in the supply chain
LANSING, Mich. – Officials are reminding Michigan residents that they shouldn’t panic buy products like toilet paper, paper towel and other items. “Michigan has an ample supply of food products and other items. But, when shoppers panic buy products like toilet paper, paper towel and other items, it creates a ripple effect within the supply chain,” said McDowell. Consumers should plan for essentials in weekly increments to ensure that supply levels remain steady over the next few weeks. READ: Metro Detroit grocery stores face second wave of supply demand amid COVID-19 pandemic
Metro Detroit grocery stores face second wave of supply demand amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – Since the announcement of this latest round of COVID-19 restrictions, we’re seeing some of what we saw back in March and April. The Meijer store on 8 Mile Road in Detroit was fully stocked with paper products. It seems at most stores it’s paper products and cleaning items that are in short supply. Michigan’s ‘3-week pause’ COVID restrictions go into effect today: What to knowMichigan is entering a three-week “pause” to several activities in an effort to help stop a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Under new restrictions issued Sunday evening by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), here’s what will be closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 in Michigan.
Meijer seeks to hire more than 1,000 new workers in southeast Michigan
DETROIT – Grocery store giant Meijer is hiring more than 1,000 new workers in southeast Michigan. Additionally, the stores are looking for team members to assist with its Meijer Pickup service. Meijer team members receive weekly pay, team member discounts, paid parental leave, educational reimbursement, and flexible scheduling. They also have career advancement opportunities, access to health insurance options and the option for 401k retirement planning. Meijer was recently named one of the Midwest’s “Great Places to Work” for the second year in a row.
New orders extend protections for Michigan nursing home residents and staff, grocery store workers
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two new executive orders on Saturday that extend protections for frontline workers at grocery stores, pharmacies and long-term care facilities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the new orders, 2020-178, focuses on protecting customers and staff members at grocery stores and pharmacies. Frontline workers in our hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes, and more have put their own lives on the line to protect our families,” Whitmer said. Still, the governor’s office says that this week Whitmer is reviewing recommendations made by the state’s Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force and will implement any changes following her review. The executive orders signed Saturday are extensions of previous executive orders Whitmer enacted at the beginning of the pandemic -- which were most recently extended on August 10 and were slated to expire on September 7.
Hostess Brands issue recall on certain products due to potential for mold
Hostess Brands, LLC issued a recall notice on Tuesday for certain food products due to a potential for mold. The company is recalling certain Hostess Raspberry Zingers due to a potential for mold to develop prior to the labeled best by date. Officials say the recalled products have been sold at grocery stores, dollar and discount stores, convenience stores, mass merchandisers and distributors across the U.S. Anyone with questions can contact customer service at 800-483-7253 between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Officials say the recall does not affect any other products sold by Hostess Brands.
Kroger stores to host hiring events across Michigan
The Kroger Co. of Michigan is looking to hire 1,000 people across the state. An in-person hiring event will take place between noon and 5 p.m. on August 4 at all Kroger stores. Candidates are asked to visit the service desk to leave their name and phone number, and then remain in their car until they are contacted by a hiring manager. The company is also planning a two-day virtual hiring event amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MORE: Michigan News
Metro Detroit grocery service offers quick delivery, pickup of fresh produce
LIVONIA, Mich. A new Metro Detroit grocery service is offering to deliver local produce to residents doorsteps the day after its ordered. Produce at grocery stores can sometimes be more than a week old, and its possible many people have already touched it. John Sitko and Brad Berry came up with the idea of Farmstop before people were afraid to go to grocery stores because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The flavor is there.The Farmstops model became even more relevant after the pandemic hit. Our customers dont have to worry about going into a store, how many people are touching (the food), Sitko said.
Hundreds of Metro Detroiters line up to return months worth of bottles, cans
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. When Michigan Gov. READ: Heres everything thats reopening today in Michigan after COVID-19 shutdownIve never drank so much pop, resident Marlon Cook said. Cook and hundreds of others lined up at the Kroger in Sterling Heights, eager to get rid of their cans. If you have hundreds of cans at home, you will likely have to make multiple trips to the store. At the Kroger in Sterling Heights, residents can only return $25 worth of cans at a time.
Detroits Honeybee Market to close for 6 days, give workers paid vacation during COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT Anybody in the grocery business will likely tell you the last two months have been a lot. It has been pretty insane, said Lindsay Lawitzke, manager of the Honeybee Market in Southwest Detroit. had every single body working, including their daughter Alexis, who was home from college because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Weve had our full-time employees step up and our part-time employees who are now working 40, 50, 60 hours a week, Alexis Koehler said. As a thank you, owners Tammy and Ken Koehler have decided to shut down the market from May 25-31 and give everybody a paid vacation.
Here are the new store hours, dedicated shopping times for Meijer locations in Michigan
DETROIT – Meijer announced Thursday it is adjusting store hours and dedicated shopping times to help customers get their groceries during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Pay-at-the-pump gas station locations will stay open 24 hours a day, Meijer announced. Dedicated shopping time for essential service workers and Meijer team members will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Essential service workers includes all medical workers, first responders and law enforcement officers, according to the company. “These extended hours will best serve all our customers and provide more flexibility to shop Meijer stores,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said.
Meijer confirms first employee deaths from COVID-19
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer officials announced Saturday the first COVID-19 deaths of Meijer team members amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Related: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 23,993; Death toll now at 1,392Meijer officials say they will not share any additional details regarding the deaths out of respect for the team members, their families and their privacy. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Coronavirus text exchange: Worries about shopping for groceries
About half of the people who joined WDIV’s new text exchange about coronavirus said they’re worried about buying groceries with the virus spreading through our communities. Of the 147 messages we received, 75 said they didn’t feel safe shopping for groceries right now. WDIV collected the responses from text-based conversations about coronavirus with people who opted in to receive the alerts. You can join by texting HEALTH to 1-877-454-9348 or entering your phone number here:We’re sending coronavirus text alerts a few times, or as needed, to convey important information. Responses help inform our reporting and can lead a text exchange providing more information.
Kroger announces pay raise, improved benefits for thousands of Michigan workers
DETROIT – Kroger announced Wednesday that more than 17,000 grocery workers in Michigan will receive a pay raise and improved benefits. RELATED: Kroger announces ‘hero bonus’ for hourly frontline associatesThe announcement affects more than 460,000 workers at Kroger stores nationwide, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union announced. UFCW officials said this was an essential investment in grocery workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. “Following talks between UFCW, America’s largest food and retail union, and Kroger, UFCW is proud to join the company today in announcing a $2 per hour wage increase, additional emergency paid leave, new workplace safety measures, and other critical worker protections,” UFCW International President Marc Perrone said. “The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude not only to our existing associates but also to the more than 30,000 new hires who have joined in the past two weeks and those who will soon join the Kroger Family of Companies.”
How to save hundreds on your grocery bill
Take a list and only buy what you needWhen you get to the grocery store, carry your shopping list around with you. The list serves as a guide through the store - if an item is not on there, you don’t need to look at it! When you check your cupboards before next week’s shopping trip, you’ll thank yourself for not having to buy the small jar again. It’s just once, and if you don’t like it, don’t buy it again. With these simple tips in mind, you can take hundreds of dollars off your grocery bill.