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Apply for the Union Plus Scholarship Program

Mon, 2018-01-22 13:35

Application deadline:  12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time), Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Did you know that as a UFCW member, you and your family are eligible for an exclusive scholarship through the Union Plus Scholarship Program?

Victory at Los Angeles Times Continues Digital and Newsroom Organizing Momentum

Mon, 2018-01-22 13:32

Los Angeles Times newsroom employees made history by voting 248–44 to be represented by the NewsGuild—the first newsroom union in the paper's 136-year history.

UFCW celebrates the legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tue, 2018-01-16 09:16

About two weeks before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a massive crowd of sanitation workers who had gone on strike. He know the value of hardworking people, and championed their cause. We continue to fight for a better life in his name today.

Annual Legislative Breakfast - Registration Form

Tue, 2018-01-16 09:14

Come to the PVCLC's annual Legislative Breakfast at Castle of Knights, Chicopee, MA at 8:30 am February 23, 2018!

Tickets are $25 per person and a table of 10 is $250.  Deadline for reservations is February 9, 2018.  No walk-ins the day of the event.

The $15 minimum wage will help all — including teens

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:10

All workers deserve a fair wage, regardless of age. I was troubled to read Katie Johnston’s article suggesting that a potential ballot initiative raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Massachusetts would have negative economic impacts, specifically for teen workers (“In $15 minimum wage, some see pain for teens,” Business, Dec. 26). This could not be further from the truth.

By Steven A. Tolman

Make this the year you get your degree with UFCW Free College

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:07

Registration for the next semester of the UFCW’s Free College Benefit is open until January 12, so if you are a UFCW member, retired UFCW member, or a family member and one of your New Year’s resolutions was to go back to school and get your degree, make sure you don’t miss the deadline!

Thank you for your hard work this holiday season

Tue, 2017-12-26 12:24

For those of us fortunate enough to be able to sit down and spend time with our loved ones, let’s pause to be thankful for the holiday heroes whose hard work and dedication help make possible the traditions and warm memories we make year after year.

UFCW: It’s Time for the Poultry Industry to Draw a Line on Forced and Exploited Labor

Thu, 2017-12-21 01:00

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union today called on the National Chicken Council (NCC), the voice of the poultry industry, to set higher industry standards and stop the use of forced and exploited labor by their member companies. In a letter to the NCC, Marc Perrone, international president of the UFCW, called on the NCC to take the lead in establishing a clear industry standard and give consumers confidence that their chicken is produced without these inhumane practices.

Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Mon, 2017-12-18 10:35

A decade ago or so, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that making the Bush tax cuts permanent — rather than letting them expire in 2010 — would increase the after-tax income of people earning $1 million or more up to 7 percent, an order of magnitude more than it would increase the size of the economy in the long term. The bottom 80 percent of American families, by contrast, would actually be worse off because they would bear the brunt of paying for the cuts.

AFL-CIO Joins CWA Call for $4,000 Wage Increase for Working People

Mon, 2017-12-18 10:34

The Donald Trump administration repeatedly has claimed that its tax bill would result in a $4,000 wage increase for working people. Today, the AFL-CIO has joined a campaign by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to demand corporations guarantee this raise in writing. The labor federation is rallying the power of its 12.5 million members and the entire union movement to support this campaign in every industry.

Labor Department Proposes Legalizing Wage Theft

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:07

Too many restaurant owners already break the law by stealing tips from their servers. Now the Department of Labor wants to give its blessing to this kind of wage theft.

 

GAO Report Confirms Dangers in the Poultry Industry

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:06

As Chicken Council Pushes for Fewer Regulations, Investigation Reveals Lax Enforcement of Existing Rules

Giving back this holiday season

Mon, 2017-12-04 10:01

With the relationships UFCW members build with customers in our stores, we see first hand the difficult decisions many in our communities are forced to make every day in order to provide for their loved ones. That’s one reason we’re eager to help those in our communities in need — because no one should have to struggle alone, especially during the holiday season.

Trump's TPS Decision Is Literally Tearing Families Apart

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

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

Mon, 2017-11-27 10:48

Kentucky farmers who hire migrant workers aren’t always happy to see Stephen Bartlett.

 

The Joy of Winning Your First Union Contract: Worker Wins

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

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.