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UFCW members celebrate wage and benefit wins

Mon, 2018-12-10 09:45

One of the benefits of union membership is being able to negotiate with your employer on equal footing. Rather than having to go to your boss as an individual and hope they are in the position to be able to do something about your concerns, union representation means there’s an organized and meaningful way to take worker concerns to the company and sit down and hammer out real, binding solutions.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Expansion of Cashierless Technology to Whole Foods

Mon, 2018-12-10 09:40

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding a report by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon is testing its Amazon Go technology in bigger stores with the possibility of introducing it into Whole Foods stores across the United States, potentially impacting thousands of workers.

DON’T LET WORKERS LOSE THEIR ECONOMIC LIFELINE

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:37

It’s been nearly six months since National Grid locked 1,250 skilled gas workers out of their jobs and cut them off from their health insurance. Now these workers are in serious danger of losing the only source of income keeping their families afloat: Unemployment Insurance. National Grid wants to force families into economic insecurity in order to enhance their bargaining leverage. We can’t let that happen – here’s how you can help:

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Richard Trumka: ‘I’ve Never Been More Optimistic’

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:33

Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. Welcome to the latest episode of our podcast, “State of the Unions,” where we talk to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the midterm elections and the future of the labor movement.

In Memorium: Francine Hawk

Mon, 2018-11-26 17:06

Dear brothers and sisters of Local 1459, it is with a heavy heart that we have to report to you the passing of a beloved coworker. Our Office Administrator of over 20 years Francine Hawk passed away suddenly last week of complications of an illness she was battling.

Francine Hawk was a wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Words can not describe the sadness we feel for Fran’s family and friends.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, we will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person.

UFCW members give back to their communities this Thanksgiving

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:21

In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, UFCW members from local unions around the country are coming together to help ensure everyone in their communities can enjoy a good holiday meal.

The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:19

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) just released a new ad in support of its U.S. Mail Not for Sale campaign. The campaign is a worker-led effort that brings together working people, elected officials and member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service to fight plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

You Made the Difference

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:48

This Midterm Election working people made our voices heard and labor-endorsed candidates across Massachusetts and the country won! We know that during these times when our rights as working and middle-class Americans, immigrants, people of color, and women are under attack, it is crucial that we stand together and that our voices are front and center in the public arena. This year, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO endorsed a slate of candidates and ballot questions in state races to advance a pro-worker, pro-family agenda, strategically focusing on union member candidates and candidates that will work for all of the people of the Commonwealth. Our newly elected and re-elected candidates will increase our voice in Massachusetts. 

UFCW Local 8 GS Disaster Relief

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:46

The fires sweeping through Northern California have destroyed the homes and taken the lives of loved ones in our Union family. There are no words to express our sorrow for their loss.


If you want to contribute to the UFCW 8 Disaster Relief Fund for California Fire Victims please go to UFCW8.org/donate.

UFCW Charity Foundation announces 2018 winners

Mon, 2018-11-12 10:16

It’s that time of year again! The UFCW Charity Foundation has announced the winners of their annual scholarship. We are so happy to wish each of these ambitious dreamers good luck on the next steps in their life journey as they head off to college.

Who Says Union Organizer Debriefs Can't Be Fun?

Mon, 2018-11-12 10:13

We are coming off of an exciting two days of Debriefs: Successful Strategies and Tactics for Winning Campaigns! This Organizing Institute (OI) Exchange Clinic took place Oct. 22-23 and was held at the historic AFSCME Local 1733 union hall in Memphis, Tennessee.  Sixteen advanced and lead level organizers from Ironworkers International Union and Communications Workers of America (CWA) leading campaigns across the country participated. The clinic focused on how lead organizers understand and apply the components of effective debriefs into their campaigns.

Springfield Thunderbird Discount Nights for UFCW 1459 Members

Fri, 2018-11-09 14:03

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Election Day Is Tuesday. Vote.

Mon, 2018-11-05 12:34

This Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. Make your voice heard and vote for the candidates who advocate for working people.

Minnesota pork processing workers successfully negotiate raises, continued free health care, and more vacation

Mon, 2018-11-05 12:33

UFCW Local 663 members who work at JBS in Worthington, Minnesota, ratified a new agreement last month that raises wages and improves benefits. JBS is the largest pork production processor in Minnesota, and UFCW Local 663 represents over 1,900 members at the facility.

Member Spotlight: Lisa Colon

Fri, 2018-11-02 10:44

Lisa Colon, long time UFCW Local 1459 member, leader, and now Union Represenative is this month's Member Spotlight for the UFCW International Union. Thank you Lisa for your committment and leadership!

When Lisa Colon’s daughter had to have three emergency surgeries in a week, she did what any good parent would do—prioritize the health of her child and do her best to take care of her while she recovered.

As a single mom balancing family and a career as a CNA at Chapin Center Nursing Home, Lisa had to put in for FMLA leave to take time off from work, but was horrified to find her request for the urgently needed time off denied by her employer.

Wanting to shift their workplace culture to one that prioritized the needs of the staff and respected the hard work nursing home employees put in to provide quality care for the residents, Lisa and her coworkers decided to take matters into their own hands and join the UFCW to make sure no one felt left out to dry in times of need.

2018 Stewards' Seminar Empowers and Educates

Mon, 2018-10-29 14:25

This year over 150 stewards, union leaders, guests, and staff gathered at Tekoa Country Club to learn more from each other about how to better represent their fellow workers.  President Tyrone Housey and Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier began the day by addressing stewards as new leaders for UFCW Local 1459. Attorney David Rome provided an overview of the Janus decision and its impact the labor movement. A thorough and engaging presentation about grievance process was provided by retired IBEW staffer and labor educator Ed Collins. And the day ended with breakouts by sector so stewards from different bargaining units and locations could talk and learn from each other. Thank you to everyone who made this fantastic event possible.

Leading Up to the Midterms, UFCW Retirees Make a Difference

Mon, 2018-10-29 11:27

UFCW retirees are working hard to change the political environment for the better and encourage active citizenship—whether it’s helping to overturn work for less laws or getting out the vote leading up to the midterm elections.

A Landmark Moment

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:51

After a five-week organizing election, catering workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly voted to join UNITE HERE. After celebrating late last night, 2,700 United employees in Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Houston and Newark, N.J., will soon head to work with the hard-earned rights and dignities that come with a freshly printed union card.

Notary Public Services Now Available Free to Members Local 1459 Office

Thu, 2018-10-25 14:08

UFCW Local 1459 members have free access to the services of a notary public at the Local 1459 union hall. If you need legal documents, oaths, affirmations, and/or acknowledgements notarized please call our office to set up a time.