Massachusetts Union News

Leading Up to the Midterms, UFCW Retirees Make a Difference

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-29 11:27

UFCW retirees are working hard to change the political environment for the better and encourage active citizenship—whether it’s helping to overturn work for less laws or getting out the vote leading up to the midterm elections.

A Landmark Moment

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-29 10:51

After a five-week organizing election, catering workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly voted to join UNITE HERE. After celebrating late last night, 2,700 United employees in Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Houston and Newark, N.J., will soon head to work with the hard-earned rights and dignities that come with a freshly printed union card.

Notary Public Services Now Available Free to Members Local 1459 Office

UFCW 1459 - Thu, 2018-10-25 14:08

UFCW Local 1459 members have free access to the services of a notary public at the Local 1459 union hall. If you need legal documents, oaths, affirmations, and/or acknowledgements notarized please call our office to set up a time. 

October is National Ergonomics Month

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-22 10:02

Earlier this year, the UFCW and Tyson commemorated 30 years of working together for safer workplaces by expanding our collaborative efforts to make workplace safety improvements at the company’s food processing plants. The innovative program broke ground by training and involving hourly production workers in identifying safety and ergonomics problems at their worksites. While the primary focus had been Tyson Foods’ beef and pork operations, it is now being expanded to the company’s poultry business.

Introducing the 'State of the Unions' Podcast

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-22 09:58

The AFL-CIO has launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. Our new podcast, “State of the Unions,” officially debuted today with an interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped expose the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

UFCW OUTreach Offers Member Scholarships to attend the Creating Change Conference in Detroit, MI on January 23-27, 2019

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-15 10:23

OUTreach, the UFCW constituency group for LGBTQ+ and allies, is offering five scholarships to our union members to attend the 2019 Creating Change Conference in Detroit, Michigan from January 23-27.  Creating Change Conference is organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. It is the foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills and share victories.  

Winterizing your vehicle? Take advantage of winter tire discounts

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-15 10:20

Regular auto maintenance and new tire purchases from Goodyear help stretch the longevity and value of your vehicle. Use the Union Plus Goodyear Discount Coupon for tires and services, to keep your car in good shape and save money – while also supporting your fellow labor union members.

Yes on Question 1 What's New Feed - Thu, 2018-10-11 22:52
Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Rich Paris speaks at a press conference supporting Mass. Nurses Assn.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Warehouse Workers Losing Bonuses and Stock Awards

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:49

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding news that Amazon warehouse workers will no longer be eligible to receive monthly bonuses and stock awards after the company increases their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

One Job Should Be Enough

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:47

Weeks after more than 8,300 UNITE HERE members at Marriott hotels across the country voted to authorize strikes, management has still failed to resolve key contract issues, including workplace safety, job protections and a living wage. Ready to fight for their fundamental economic rights, workers are prepared to walk out without notice in San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose, California; Oahu and Maui, Hawaii; Boston; Seattle and Detroit.

UFCW Requesting USDA to Reopen Comments on Pork Line Speed Rule

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-01 09:24

Today, Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), is requesting the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a letter to reopen the comment period and delay the implementation of the pork line speed rule, which would allow for unlimited increase in hog slaughter line speeds. The USDA withheld important injury data relating to the proposed rule until after the comment period had closed.

“Let’s negotiate! I can’t wait to see all of the positive improvements that will be guaranteed with our union contract!”

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-01 09:23

We’re excited to announce we have additional members to our UFCW family! Last month, twenty workers at the Peach Tree Acres assisted living facility in Harbeson, Delaware, voted unanimously to join UFCW Local 27. Peach Tree Acres is the only facility of its type in the state of Delaware and provides apartment-style assisted living and day care rehabilitative services for adults with brain injuries.

UFCW Local 1459 Has a New President and a New Secretary-Treasurer

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-09-25 14:38

On May 30, 2018 after a forty year career in the labor movement President Dan P. Clifford officially retired, appointing Secretary-Treasurer Tyrone Housey as the new President of Local 1459. 

Tyrone has been a member of Local 1459 over 30 years when he began working at Stop & Shop Supermarket Company in 1988.  Tyrone’s career in the labor movement began in 1994 when he was appointed to shop steward and in 1996 was awarded Steward of the Year.  In 2005 he left the company and accepted a position as Organizer for Local 1459 and later on promoted to Union Representative and then Secretary-Treasurer in 2015.  Tyrone currently lives in Ludlow with his wife Dana and their 3 young children.

Dean Ethier started his career in the labor movement 25 years ago working  at the Milton Bradley Company and years later, hired as an Organizer for UFCW Local 1445 in Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2015 Dean sold his home and moved back to Western MA, landing a position as Union Representative with Local 1459.  Dean has 2 grown daughters and in lives Wilbraham with his wife Betsy.

With the new leadership of President Tyrone Housey and Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier, the duo forge to build a vision of success for the the labor movement and the livelihood of the members they now represent and protect.

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls on National Grid President Marcy Reed to Resign from Blue Cross Blue Shield MA Board

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-09-24 08:54

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman sent a recent letter to BCBS of Massachusetts President and CEO Andrew Dreyfus. In the letter he called Reed’s actions “unethical, immoral and cruel” and said they represent a conflict of interest that makes it impossible for BCBS to carry out its mission of ensuring members have access to quality and affordable healthcare. The letter also calls on BCBS “to do the right thing: uphold the organization’s role as a healthcare leader in Massachusetts and remove Ms. Reed from the board.”

UFCW Local 152 members gain significant wins in new contract

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-09-24 08:51

One of the perks of being a union member is being able to take a more active role in the benefits and working conditions you have on the job. UFCW Local 152 members recently demonstrated how that can translate to a better life for everyone involved when they successfully negotiated with their employer for a number of significant improvements.

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