Massachusetts Union News

Boston Firefighters & MBTA Drill Photos What's New Feed - Tue, 2017-12-12 19:36
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Labor Department Proposes Legalizing Wage Theft

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-12-11 10:07

Too many restaurant owners already break the law by stealing tips from their servers. Now the Department of Labor wants to give its blessing to this kind of wage theft.


GAO Report Confirms Dangers in the Poultry Industry

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-12-11 10:06

As Chicken Council Pushes for Fewer Regulations, Investigation Reveals Lax Enforcement of Existing Rules

100th Anniversary Halifax Explosion What's New Feed - Wed, 2017-12-06 00:52
Boston Firefighters Local President Richard Paris, IAFF GST Edward Kelly, Boston Fire Commisioner Joe Finn, Mayor of Halifax Mike Savage, IAFF 3rd DVP Jay Colbert and members of Halifax Fire Department are in Halifax Canada for the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Giving back this holiday season

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-12-04 10:01

With the relationships UFCW members build with customers in our stores, we see first hand the difficult decisions many in our communities are forced to make every day in order to provide for their loved ones. That’s one reason we’re eager to help those in our communities in need — because no one should have to struggle alone, especially during the holiday season.

Trump's TPS Decision Is Literally Tearing Families Apart

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-12-04 09:57

This week, the Trump administration made the cruel announcement that it will strip away rights and work permits from 50,000 men and women from Haiti by ending their Temporary Protected Status. Our UNITE HERE sister, Marie Parfait, is one of the tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who will be facing deportation in 18 months—even though she and others have been living and working here legally for nearly a decade.

2017 UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-27 10:50

Every year the UFCW scholarship program offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values.  Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.

Mexican Farm Workers Win Historic FLOC-Backed Strike

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-27 10:48

Kentucky farmers who hire migrant workers aren’t always happy to see Stephen Bartlett.


Flexible Spending Enrollment Ends Nov. 30th What's New Feed - Wed, 2017-11-22 13:47
Don't forget to sign up for Flexible Spending!  Annual Enrollment ends on November 30th, 2017 (If you participated last year, you must re-enroll, enrollment is not automatic.

The Joy of Winning Your First Union Contract: Worker Wins

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:46

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a growing wave of nurses organizing in California and includes numerous examples of workers organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

Three Things You Should Know About Poultry Line Speeds

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:43

Oxfam estimates that each person eats 89 pounds of chicken a year – which means as a country, we’re eating close to 9 billion birds per year. It’s a major, multi-billion dollar industry that supplies us with chicken nuggets, wings, and the foundation for so many of our favorite, home-cooked meals.

It’s easy to cook, it’s affordable, and a mainstay in the meals American families share with one another.

But jobs inside poultry plants are some of the most dangerous and difficult in America. The National Chicken Council, which is the poultry industry’s main trade association and functions to represent its interests to Congress and other federal agencies, wants to do away with a key protection to keep workers safe on the job: line speeds.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Florian Hall What's New Feed - Tue, 2017-11-14 05:53
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Labor-Backed Candidates Win Big in Tuesday’s Elections

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-13 12:05

It was a big night for labor’s agenda as pro-worker candidates won election from coast to coast Tuesday.

Republicans Defeat the ‘Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs’ Amendment

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-13 12:01
When the House Ways and Means Committee debated the GOP tax bill yesterday, Republicans voted down the “Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs” amendment offered by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). The “Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs” amendment would require that multinational corporations looking to invest offshore pay the same tax rate as small businesses or domestic companies investing here in America. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote, with 16 Democrats voting in favor and 23 Republicans voting against.

Updated- Boston Firefighters Local 718 Endorsed Candidates What's New Feed - Mon, 2017-11-06 16:58
Local 718 Endorsed candidates Mayor of Boston

On Latina Equal Pay Day, Remember the Power of the Union Difference

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-06 10:53

Although Latinas make substantial contributions to the U.S. economy, they have the largest wage gap, typically earning only 54 cents for every dollar earned by White, non-Hispanic men. You can help us fight unfair and unequal wages by supporting hard-working Latinas today, on Latina Equal Pay Day.

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