NASHVILLE, TN — After a mass shooting at Kroger supermarket in Collierville that employs union members, Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement.

“We are horrified by the images of yet another mass shooting in America. These scenes of violence and terror are even harder to process, because they took place in our own state at a Kroger supermarket near Memphis where some our United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) brothers and sisters work. While we still don’t know all of the details, we know that one thing is for certain: no one should fear for their lives or face this kind of horrific violence at their workplace or while shopping for groceries.

Like many other essential workers, the employees at this store have kept food on the tables of Tennessee families for the past year and a half. They have sacrificed so much and continually exposed themselves to a deadly virus when others were able to stay home. Now, their workplace has been devastated by violence. We grieve for all of those who were affected by yesterday’s shooting and their families, especially our union brothers and sisters.”

The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council represents over 60,000 working men and women throughout the state.