Massachusetts Union News

Sec-Treas. Dean Ethier wins Union Community Service Award at Pioneer Valley Labor Breakfast

UFCW 1459 - Thu, 2018-09-13 10:14

On September 7th at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast, Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier, was awarded the Philip R. Duck Union Community Service Award in honor of his founding the Annual UFCW Local 1459 Toy Drive. Now in its third year, the Annual Toy Drive provides toys and monetary donations to union families facing difficult times and to help local area charities. The local is taking donations now until December 12th, and these can be dropped off at our office on 33 Eastland Street, Springfield, MA. Thank you Dean!

To all Amherst Cafeteria bargaining unit members

UFCW 1459 - Wed, 2018-09-12 16:44

We have scheduled a membership meeting for the bargaining unit.  Bring your questions & concerns.  New copies of the contract are available.

When: 2:00, Monday, September 17, 2018

Where: High School Cafeteria

Congratulations to Local 700 ConAgra Workers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-09-10 08:33

Members of UFCW Local 700 who work at the ConAgra tablespreads plant in Indianapolis celebrated their wall-to-wall union status when the last five nonunion workers at the plant joined our union family this summer.

We're Gonna Fight for It

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-09-10 08:29

The AFL-CIO launched a new 60-second TV ad today, airing on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, highlighting the wave of collective action surging across the country and inviting all working people to join our movement. From the resounding defeat of “right to work” in Missouri to organizing victories nationwide, we are marching forward together.

2018 UFCW 1459 Golf Tournament a Huge Success!

UFCW 1459 - Fri, 2018-09-07 20:14

The Annual UFCW Local 1459 Charity Golf Tournament was a smashing success. On Wednesday, September 5th, over 100 golfers came to Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA to play golf and raise money for the UFCW Local 1459 charitable fund. Thank you to our sponsors, members, friends, and everyone who contributed to hit another tournament onto the green!

UFCW President Marc Perrone in Labor Day op-ed: “A pathway to change is emerging.”

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:18

In a Labor Day op-ed in The Hill, Marc Perrone, UFCW International president, spoke about why unions will create the better America that hard-working families deserve.

Federal Judge Rules Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Orders Unconstitutional

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:14

When Donald Trump issued a series of executive orders attacking the rights of federal government workers, he wasn’t prepared for the response from working people.

Safeway Stocker Reinstated with Back Pay After Wrongful Suspension

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-27 08:55

Eric works as an overnight stocker at Safeway #1019 in Alexandria, Virginia. His store is one of the few locations that is supposed to be open 24 hours.

But one night, Eric was instructed to close the store when there was no cashier on duty. Even though he was following instructions, Eric’s manager suspended him and one of his coworkers.

UFCW Local 227 Trailer Hits the Road to Help Members in Need

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-27 08:52

The UFCW is into food, not fighting.

"But several people have approached our trailer, very excited because they thought we are the Ultimate Fighting Champions," Caitlin Blair said with a chuckle. "That’s always funny."

To Protect America’s Food Supply and Families, UFCW Supports Better Meat Labeling

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-20 09:54

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement after submitting comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of the pending Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association’s (AGA) Petition to Change the Food Safety and Inspection Services Standards and Labeling Policy Book on “Product of U.S.A.” FSIS-2018-0024.

“Allowing meat that comes from outside our country to be sold as a U.S. product is misleading, unsafe and wrong. American consumers deserve to know where their meat comes from. 

“Updating current labeling requirements will not only bring families more certainty about the meat they are serving or eating, it will create and protect sustainable jobs for hard-working communities across the country.  

“Our union family strongly supports this petition and encourages the USDA to do the same.”

AFT Identifies Companies that Profit from Family Separation Policies

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-20 09:51

One of the most heartbreaking news stories of 2018 is the Trump administration's decision to separate undocumented immigrant families that enter the United States. The AFL-CIO, the AFT and other advocates for working people have condemned this policy and called for families to be reunited. As part of this effort, the AFT has issued a new report to inform pension trustees and the working people they represent about companies that are profiting off of family separation and mass incarceration.

Huge Victory for Missouri’s Hard-Working Families

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:29

Voters Reject Work-For-Less Prop A, Support the Role of Unions to Improve the Lives of Workers and Their Families

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:26

August 7th is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day—the day when black women’s pay finally catches up to what Caucasian, non-Hispanic men were paid last year.

Trumka: 'Working People Are Taking Matters into Our Own Hands'

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:39

AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke to reporters Wednesday at The Christian Science Monitor breakfast, highlighting the wave of collective action sweeping the country. 

Historic Victory at Telemundo: Worker Wins

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:36

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a breakthrough contract for Spanish-speaking performers at Telemundo and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

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