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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.

We Are the American Labor Movement, and We Will Not Be Denied

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-23 09:04

Here are key excerpts from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's opening remarks from the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention:

Brothers and sisters, St. Louis is a historical gateway to the American frontier, in many ways to the American Dream—many unionists trace their roots to St. Louis and the Show Me state.

It will be our entrance to a new vision of prosperity, not a cookie-cutter America dream of white picket fences but a dream shaped by each of us, a dream in which no one gets left behind.

 

UFCW member spotlight: Amy Rozny, pharmacy technician at Jewel Osco

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-16 10:34
“I started in high school. I applied and did a training course through Jewel Osco to become certified to become a pharmacy tech. "I love my job. I get to work with people every day and you always learn something new.

"My advice to anyone who wants to become a pharmacy tech is to ask a lot of questions. No question is a dumb question. Before here, I worked at a pet store, because I’m an animal lover, and a garden center, because I love plants. When I started, I didn’t know anything about pharmacy. You learn through asking questions."

Why the Best Protectors for Workers Are Other Workers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-16 10:31

As concertgoers fled the mass shooting at the country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay in Clark County, Nev., at the end of the Las Vegas strip, dozens of off-duty fire fighters attending the concert sprang into action. Twelve were among the wounded by gunfire.

UFCW Member Spotlight: Cameron Dyar, Shorewood Metro Market

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:07
“Here and with the union, people treat me with respect and talk to me like an adult. I know I’m young, but I’m not stupid. That can be a problem some places and people will talk to like you’re a kid. But not here.  All the people I’ve met from the union are really nice and treat me like an equal.”

Cameron Dyar, UFCW Local 1473
Cashier at Shorewood Metro Market for 3 months
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Working Families Respond to Mass Shooting in Nevada

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:03

After yet another mass shooting last night, this time in Las Vegas, working families and their allies responded to the tragic evening. Below are their responses.

Steve Sisolak, chair of Clark County Commission in Las Vegas, has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to aid the victims and their families. Please visit the Las Vegas Victims' Fund and contribute what you can.

 

Getting Ready for PARCC: Instructional Strategies Beyond Test Prep

NEW SECTION OF PARCC Tools in the ELA Classroom Added

 

Demand for our “PARCC TOOLS in the ELA CLASSROOM has been so great that we’ve just added another section. Time is short, and we know it’s vacation week, but act fast to reserve your space in our newly scheduled March 2nd session.  With PARCC assessments about to be given in March, this session could not be more timely and IT’S FREE. Spaces will fill up quickly, so register now and join us on the 2nd. Click here for the registration flyer, then e-mail the requested information to Cynthia Burke at RIFTCynthia@aol.com

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