Massachusetts Union News

UFCW member spotlight: Amy Rozny, pharmacy technician at Jewel Osco

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-16 10:34
“I started in high school. I applied and did a training course through Jewel Osco to become certified to become a pharmacy tech. "I love my job. I get to work with people every day and you always learn something new.

"My advice to anyone who wants to become a pharmacy tech is to ask a lot of questions. No question is a dumb question. Before here, I worked at a pet store, because I’m an animal lover, and a garden center, because I love plants. When I started, I didn’t know anything about pharmacy. You learn through asking questions."

Why the Best Protectors for Workers Are Other Workers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-16 10:31

As concertgoers fled the mass shooting at the country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay in Clark County, Nev., at the end of the Las Vegas strip, dozens of off-duty fire fighters attending the concert sprang into action. Twelve were among the wounded by gunfire.

UFCW Member Spotlight: Cameron Dyar, Shorewood Metro Market

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:07
“Here and with the union, people treat me with respect and talk to me like an adult. I know I’m young, but I’m not stupid. That can be a problem some places and people will talk to like you’re a kid. But not here.  All the people I’ve met from the union are really nice and treat me like an equal.”

Cameron Dyar, UFCW Local 1473
Cashier at Shorewood Metro Market for 3 months
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Working Families Respond to Mass Shooting in Nevada

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:03

After yet another mass shooting last night, this time in Las Vegas, working families and their allies responded to the tragic evening. Below are their responses.

Steve Sisolak, chair of Clark County Commission in Las Vegas, has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to aid the victims and their families. Please visit the Las Vegas Victims' Fund and contribute what you can.

 

Working People Are Stepping Up to Help Puerto Rico

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-02 09:52

In the wake of the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, union members are stepping up to help with recovery efforts. The situation is so terrible that 100% of the island lacks power, 40% of Puerto Ricans do not have safe drinking water and 60% of the island's vegetation has been knocked down, covering roads and houses, which makes recovery efforts even more challenging.

A Tax Plan That Works For the People, Not Wall Street

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-02 09:47

Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us. Too many politicians and pundits want us to believe our country is broke, and we have no choice but to demand sacrifices from working people, yet they have no trouble finding trillions of dollars to waste on tax giveaways for people who do not need them. They want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and infrastructure to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

Mass for Public Safety October 1st

local718.org What's New Feed - Thu, 2017-09-28 22:50
Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families

Video Workers at Vice Vote to Join the Union Family

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-25 09:22

Workers for Vice Media voted this week to come together in union, with content creators joining the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) and post-production employees becoming members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), an affiliate of the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Vice said it will recognize the unions after a third-party card-check confirmed that the majority of the employees in each unit voted to unionize.

Trumka: Charter/Spectrum Employees Want Fair Return on Their Work

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-25 09:20

This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined union and community leaders marching across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to show solidarity for Charter/Spectrum workers who are on strike.

RN Response Network to Deploy Additional Nurse Volunteers to Houston Post-Hurricane Harvey

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:24

National Nurses United’s (NNU’s) Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy its second delegation of RN volunteers to Houston, beginning Monday, Sept. 11, to provide medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, NNU announced.

OSHA's Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:18

Since January, government agencies under the Donald Trump administration have taken steps to hide information from the public--information that was previously posted and information that the public has a right to know.

 

UFCW Condemns White House Decision to End DACA

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-11 08:19

 Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cold-hearted, cruel, and a betrayal of what America stands for. 

“Hundreds of thousands of young, hard-working men and women who love America will now be needlessly punished for childhood circumstances. These young people have grown up in this country, passed background checks, pay taxes, go to school, and have worked hard to build a better America. They have earned and deserve fair treatment, but instead their lives are being thrown into chaos with this announcement. 

“President Trump’s decision will not make America great again; rather, it will tear families apart, damage communities, and further fuel a terrible divide that is already hurting the nation we all love. 

“On behalf of the 1.3 million members of our union family, we urge all Members of Congress to immediately do what is right and protect these Dreamers.”

Labor 411's New 'Ethical Consumer' Series Empowers Working People to Express Their Voice Through Spending Choices

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-11 08:18

Through its BuyBlue campaign, Labor 411 has launched a fun and informative new series of "Ethical" blog posts that target products, experiences and ingredients made by companies who treat their workers fairly. The posts, which will appear on the Labor 411 blog, include a variety of targeted topics, including the Ethical Consumerista, Ethical Chef, Ethical Bartender, Ethical Traveler and Ethical Manufacturer.

Message From UFCW Local 455 President Bill Hopkins About Members Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2017-09-05 10:24

Over 15 thousand hard-working UFCW members and their families have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They are in urgent need of temporary shelter, clothes, fresh food, and other daily essentials. To help them through this critical time, UFCW Local 455 has set up a Membership Assistance Fund. Donations can be made to this fund directly from this page.

Why Unions Matter to Millennials

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2017-09-05 10:21

Did you know that the UFCW is home to more people under the age of 30 than any other labor union? And for good reason – Millennials are the hardest hit generation when it comes to poor wages and benefits, making it difficult to earn a living.

Happy & Healthy Labor Day

local718.org What's New Feed - Sun, 2017-09-03 20:20
Brothers  & Sisters: As summer draws to a close, I would like to extend warm wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy Labor Day.
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