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Past articles by Jack:

Amazon, Costco and UPS urged to ramp up coronavirus protections

A petition at Amazon’s Eastvale facility has 550 signatures from employees who insist protocols are lagging. → Read More

Ralphs shifts to $2 hourly raises instead of bonus for workers

The announcement, made jointly Wednesday, April 1 by parent company Kroger and the union that represents 22,000 of its California workers, came after the United Food and Commercial Workers criticiz… → Read More

Small businesses desperate for financial lifeline amid coronavirus crisis

Owners are laying off workers and looking for help to pay their bills. Success will ultimately come down to how long they are shuttered, one economist says. → Read More

Coronavirus help: $349 billion in loans coming this week for small businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the $2 trillion stimulus package and was designed to help small businesses meet payrolls and avoid layoffs. → Read More

Amazon fallout: Eastvale staff say company ignoring coronavirus safety

After a second worker is infected, workers and their families insist that policy and protocol are not being followed. → Read More

Status Update: AT&T, union deal includes raises for 4 years – San Bernardino Sun

Also in the news: Barons Markets became the latest grocer to install face shields at its cash registers to protect clerks from possible coronavirus exposure. → Read More

Region’s job growth likely wiped out by coronavirus, economists say – Press Enterprise

Chris Thornberg says the Southern California economy could see declines of 6% in the second quarter with even steeper losses in the region’s GDP by the third quarter. Just don’t call it… → Read More

Is your grocer stocked? Some supplies return as coronavirus quarantines continue

“I think the food distribution system was overrun by concerned shoppers,” said Dave Heylen, vice president for communications at the California Grocers Association, an industry trade gr… → Read More

Sneeze guards go up at grocery checkouts as UFCW petitions for coronavirus policy

UFCW is also working with Stater Bros. on putting up barriers, along with Rite Aid and other pharmacies with workers the union represents. → Read More

Survey: Inland economists seek input on businesses’ coronavirus issues

Business owners’ and other respondents’ concerns will be passed on to officials on the local, state and federal level. → Read More

Ralphs adding partitions to limit cashiers’ exposure to coronavirus

Albertsons is said to be doing the same, though the company has not confirmed news from a union boss. → Read More

Grocery union leader calls Ralphs’ coronavirus pay bonus ‘shameful’

in an open letter to Kroger, the parent company, UFCW calls bonuses ‘unacceptable’ → Read More

Status Update: SBA to aid local businesses during coronavirus crisis

The SBA program provides disaster assistance with loans of up to $2 million for qualifying businesses. → Read More

Stater Bros. bumps workers’ hourly rate $2 for four weeks – Orange County Register

“The spirit of the Stater Bros. ‘family’ has always been to do the right thing, for the right reason,” said Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden said in a statement. → Read More

Vons, Albertsons, Pavilions workers get $2 hourly raise during coronavirus outbreak

The extra pay will reward workers who are putting in long and stressful hours to accommodate shoppers. → Read More

List: Cardenas, Ralphs join grocers open early for seniors amid coronavirus crush

Ontario-based Cardenas announced Wednesday it will open from 7 to 8 a.m. to give seniors an hour of crowd- and stress-free shopping. → Read More

Costco building region’s first business center store in Ontario

The store will be at the intersection of Haven Avenue and Guasti Road, close to Ontario International Airport. → Read More

Coronavirus exposes sick leave gap for retail, restaurant workers

Low-wage workers, unknowingly are in the early stages of a coronavirus infection, could skip a sick day because they can’t afford to lose a day’s wages. → Read More

Coronavirus fallout: Groceries cut store hours to help restock, clean

Extra hours when store is closed can be a big advantage for stores unloading trucks and → Read More

Status Update: Two shopping centers getting swim schools

Leases demonstrate that brokers are getting more creative ab out filling shopping space → Read More