Massachusetts Union News

Over 6,500 Pork Plant Workers Tell the USDA to Keep Line Speeds Safe

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-07 07:06

Over 6,500 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union family who work in pork plants submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in opposition to a proposed rule that would increase the line speeds where they work, threatening both them and the consumers they serve.

UFCW Statement on Federal Court Ruling DACA Elimination Unlawful

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-30 09:36

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), responded to a federal judge ruling that the Trump administration’s elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was unlawful and that new applications must be accepted if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot provide a legally sufficient explanation for termination within 90 days.

Another Organizing Victory in the South: IBEW at Atlanta Gas Light

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-30 09:35

Last week, working people scored another notable victory in the South, when 700 working people at Atlanta Gas Light voted to join the Electrical Workers (IBEW). Here is what organizers on the ground said about the victory.

UFCW Statement on Farm Bill

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-23 12:00

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Farm Bill being passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. This bill currently limits access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).

A packinghouse worker’s account of MLK and the 1968 sanitation strike

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-23 11:58

Anna Mae Weems, a member of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), one of the unions that would later merge to become the UFCW, shared her memories of working with Dr.Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) on the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike in the following article that appeared in The Courier. 


UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-16 09:30

Wealthy corporate executives and their lobbyists have filed a legal challenge to keep Fair Share Amendment off the ballot. They don’t want to pay a little more to make investments in our transportation and public education systems. If they win the lawsuit, they will take away your right to vote on the Fair Share Amendment in 2018. Add your voice in defense of the Fair Share Amendment

Southern Labor Leaders Unite Around a Common Strategy to Build Worker Power

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-16 09:27

“Collective action is alive and well here in the South,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler to more than 300 labor leaders gathered in New Orleans this week. Southern union leaders from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia joined together to unite around a common strategy to build worker power in their states.

Tyson Foods, UFCW Expand Workplace Safety Efforts

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-09 09:14

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) are expanding their collaborative efforts to make workplace safety improvements at the company’s food processing plants and commemorating 30 years of working together for safer workplaces.

The three decades-long partnership is one union leaders call a model for the food industry. It began in 1988, with the launch of a landmark ergonomics program and has evolved to include improvements that have helped reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. While the primary focus has been Tyson Foods’ beef and pork operations, it is now being expanded to the company’s poultry business, which has been accelerating its workplace safety efforts in recent years.

You or someone in your family headed to college? Apply for the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-09 09:11

Looking to further your education? There is still time to apply for the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship.

Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation 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.

Worker Death Shines Spotlight on Disney's Poverty Policies

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-02 08:38

As a result of the federal tax cut, Disney promised that its employees would get $1,000 bonuses. Disney offered the bonuses to most of its employees with no conditions. But for 41,000 union members in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, Disney is requiring them to agree to the company's contract proposals in order to get the bonus.

How Unions Carried Pennsylvania’s 18th District — and Why the DNC Should Be Paying Attention

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-02 08:36

Rep.-elect Conor Lamb made national waves with an improbable win last week in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. He faced down $10 million in outside money funneled to his opponent by corporate and right-wing interests. He fought through a barrage of incessant, hyperpartisan attacks blanketing the airwaves. He was abandoned by his own party’s national infrastructure in a district that hadn’t elected a Democrat in nearly 15 years. And he still came out on top.

UFCW members get access to special AT&T discounts

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:27
How it Works

AT&T is the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier. When you choose AT&T, you support the nearly 150,000 union members employed there.

Shop Online.

Go to the AT&T Union Member site and enroll in the Union Member Discount Program.

JetBlue Inflight Crew Members Vote on Joining TWU

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:25

Nearly 5,000 JetBlue inflight crew members have begun the voting process this week in an effort to join the Transport Workers (TWU). Last year, an overwhelming majority of the inflight crew members signed cards in favor of coming together to negotiate a fair and just contract. Ballots will be cast between now and April 17.

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UFCW’s Work to “Bring Value to Retailers and Customers” Highlighted on DealCrunch

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:31

The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union works daily to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions for its 1.3 million members. The UFCW is America’s largest private sector labor union and represents the grocery, retail, and packing house workers who help the economy run.

Study Shows Quality New Member Orientation Programs Lead to Greater Commitment and Participation

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:27

The strength of any union depends on the degree to which its members support the union and show that support by getting involved in union activities. Convincing members to support the union, and participate in its work, is one of the central challenges that every local union leader and activist faces.

West Virginia: When We Fight Together, We Win Together

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-12 08:50

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation Tuesday giving all state employees a 5% pay raise, the direct result of a heroic teacher strike that lasted nearly two weeks and highlighted the plight of low pay and rising health care costs in the Mountain State.

International Women’s Day Began as “International Working Women’s Day”

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-12 08:48

The month of March marks Women’s History Month, and March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, a day with roots in the American labor movement and the struggles of working women.

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