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Labor-Backed Candidates Win Big in Tuesday’s Elections

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

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.

On Latina Equal Pay Day, Remember the Power of the Union Difference

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

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!

Fri, 2017-11-03 13:08

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UFCW Statement on the Agricultural Guestworker Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Working People Are Stepping Up to Help Puerto Rico

Mon, 2017-10-02 09:52

In the wake of the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, union members are stepping up to help with recovery efforts. The situation is so terrible that 100% of the island lacks power, 40% of Puerto Ricans do not have safe drinking water and 60% of the island's vegetation has been knocked down, covering roads and houses, which makes recovery efforts even more challenging.

A Tax Plan That Works For the People, Not Wall Street

Mon, 2017-10-02 09:47

Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us. Too many politicians and pundits want us to believe our country is broke, and we have no choice but to demand sacrifices from working people, yet they have no trouble finding trillions of dollars to waste on tax giveaways for people who do not need them. They want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and infrastructure to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

Video Workers at Vice Vote to Join the Union Family

Mon, 2017-09-25 09:22

Workers for Vice Media voted this week to come together in union, with content creators joining the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) and post-production employees becoming members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), an affiliate of the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Vice said it will recognize the unions after a third-party card-check confirmed that the majority of the employees in each unit voted to unionize.

Trumka: Charter/Spectrum Employees Want Fair Return on Their Work

Mon, 2017-09-25 09:20

This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined union and community leaders marching across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to show solidarity for Charter/Spectrum workers who are on strike.

RN Response Network to Deploy Additional Nurse Volunteers to Houston Post-Hurricane Harvey

Mon, 2017-09-18 09:24

National Nurses United’s (NNU’s) Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy its second delegation of RN volunteers to Houston, beginning Monday, Sept. 11, to provide medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, NNU announced.

OSHA's Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

Mon, 2017-09-18 09:18

Since January, government agencies under the Donald Trump administration have taken steps to hide information from the public--information that was previously posted and information that the public has a right to know.