Retail Workers Shouldn’t Be Tasked With Enforcing Store Mask Rules, Union Head Says

Stores need to hire security guards and give management the go-ahead to crack down on shoppers who refuse to wear masks, the head of a union that represents retail workers said Wednesday. Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, made the call after a series of sometimes violent incidents in which cashiers, stock clerks and even customers have been pitted against people who refused to abide by stores’ mask policies, which are aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Many store owners have “abdicated their responsibility” and left it up to rank-and-file workers to enforce the policies, Appelbaum said. Read more at NBC News.