Massachusetts Union News

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

local718.org 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

local718.org What's New Feed - Tue, 2017-11-14 05:53
 Brothers  & Sisters,

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

local718.org 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.

UFCW Statement on Senate Democrats’ Better Deal Proposal on Collective Bargaining

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-06 10:50

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, made the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ Better Deal Proposal on Collective Bargaining.

“We must build an economy that works for all – not just those at the top. By strengthening the collective voice and negotiating rights of workers, the better deal proposal on collective bargaining begins to do just that.

“Our hope is that every member of Congress will support these more modern workplace policies because this is about more than unions, this is about helping their constituents and all hard-working men and women who have earned the right to a better life.”

UFCW 1459 Night with Springfield Thunderbirds, Sun. Nov 26th!

UFCW 1459 - Fri, 2017-11-03 13:08

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UFCW Statement on the Agricultural Guestworker Act

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-30 10:05

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, released the following statement regarding the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092), which passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 17-16 on October 25.

“The Agricultural Guestworker Act is a direct threat to American jobs, wages, and food safety. 

“It will flood the meat processing sector with hundreds of thousands of untrained visa holders, effectively destroying middle class jobs that are currently held by hard-working American families who play a critical role in the safety of our food. 

“This bill will also make it easier for guestworkers to be exploited and encourages them to take on work that is demonstrably unsafe without years of training. 

“Any member of the House who cares about protecting good American jobs and wages will do the right thing and oppose the Agricultural Guestworker Act.”

UFCW Joins with NAACP and AFT in Defense of DACA

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-30 10:03

Citing a disregard for the due process rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced that it has joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in a lawsuit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security for the Trump administration’s termination of DACA.

National Food Bank Week

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-23 09:06

This week is National Food Bank Week, a reminder to start thinking about the ways we can help others as the holiday season approaches. Food banks are, sadly, an all too necessary and common feature of life in the United States today, where low wages leave too many families forced to choose between paying bills and buying groceries.

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