Massachusetts Union News

UFCW president responds to Amazon’s newly announced grocery chain: “Our leaders need to stop fawning over Jeff Bezos”

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-03-04 10:02

A report today from the Wall Street Journal claims Amazon plans to open a new grocery US grocery chain that would be separate from Whole Foods, which was purchased by Amazon in 2017 for roughly $13.5 billion.

UFCW members save 15% with AT&T

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-03-04 09:59

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

URGENT: Stop & Shop Negotiations Update 02/27

UFCW 1459 - Wed, 2019-02-27 16:56

As UFCW Local 1459 continues to negotiate a successor contract with the Stop & Shop Company, we learned today that UFCW Local 342 in New York has pulled 58 stores out on strike. Local 342 has been met with many of the same economic takeaways in bargaining that we have seen from the company in recent days.

We will continue to negotiate in unity with the other New England Locals to bring back a fair
Contract that all of you deserve. Rest assured that we will do whatever is necessary to make sure that this happens.

We are in the process of scheduling a union meeting to address contract negotiations so please stay informed. 

In Solidarity,

Tyrone C. Housey

UFCW Statement on DACA Case at DC Circuit Court of Appeals

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2019-02-26 12:00

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently heard oral arguments on the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is one of the leading organizations bringing the suit. Following oral arguments, UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

Now That Government Is Funded, Here Is What Workers Want to See

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2019-02-26 11:57

Last year, in communities all across the country, millions of Americans mobilized and called for an economy that works for all of us. From state houses and governors mansions to Capitol Hill, we elected advocates who committed themselves to advancing that cause. That election was defined by a movement of hard working people who stood together to reject the meager crumbs we are being handed and reclaim what is rightfully ours.

U.S. Unions Bring Solidarity to Striking Mexican Workers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-18 10:03

A delegation of union leaders from the national AFL-CIO, the Texas AFL-CIO, the UAW and the United Steelworkers (USW) traveled to Matamoros, Mexico, last week to support tens of thousands of factory workers who have launched a wave of strikes to demand wage increases and democratic control of their unions.

UFCW Charity Foundation now accepting applications for 2019

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-18 10:01

Looking to further your education? The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship is now accepting applications from UFCW members and their families for the 2019 scholarship.*

UFCW Statement on Amazon Reconsidering NYC Location

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-11 11:07

“It is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town. Multibillion-dollar corporations and billionaires like Jeff Bezos should not be threatening New Yorkers or expect any American taxpayers to foot the bill for opening a new headquarters – whether it’s in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, or anywhere else. Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon’s entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs? The last thing we, as taxpayers, should ever be asked to pay for is the destruction of our own jobs.”

Black History Month: how the push for fair treatment in a Texas poultry plant changed the health and safety standards of an industry

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-11 11:05

Union organizing efforts won significant benefits for meatpacking workers during the first half of the 20th century. In 1960, before a wave of automation and rapid restructuring would decimate jobs in the industry, meatpacking wages were 15 percent above the average wage for manufacturing workers in the United States. But one area where change was slow to come was in the poultry industry. Unlike other jobs in meatpacking, a much higher percentage of poultry workers were African American women in the anti-union South.

Plan your next getaway with discounts for UFCW members

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-04 09:47

As a member of our UFCW family, you not only get a strong contract and someone fighting for you at work, you also get remarkable benefits that can save you and your loved ones thousands of dollars this year.

Beyond TSA: how is the shutdown impacting our national food security?

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-02-04 09:43

There have been a number of recent articles highlighting the air-travel safety issues caused by the government shutdown as more and more TSA agents are forced to call out from work. TSA agents are a visible reminder of the work that federal employees do, but some of the most damaging and dangerous impacts from the government shutdown are ones that are also out of sight of the average American. After all, many people pass through the airport, but not that many people regularly visit food processing facilities.

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