Massachusetts Union News

West Virginia: When We Fight Together, We Win Together

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-12 08:50

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation Tuesday giving all state employees a 5% pay raise, the direct result of a heroic teacher strike that lasted nearly two weeks and highlighted the plight of low pay and rising health care costs in the Mountain State.

International Women’s Day Began as “International Working Women’s Day”

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-12 08:48

The month of March marks Women’s History Month, and March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, a day with roots in the American labor movement and the struggles of working women.

Photos and Social Media Recap

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-03-05 09:46

We're celebrating the commitment of working people, elected officials, and community allies who stood up together on 2.26, Working Peoples' Day of Action, by posting some of our favorite pictures, tweets, and videos from across the commonwealth! To see the full photo collection visit our Facebook Page - and connect with us while you're at it - at:

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, 2018-03-05 09:43

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.

Why The Rich Love Destroying Unions

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-02-27 09:02

Unions are on their last legs, and right-wing billionaires are getting ready to deal the final blow. And if you like having weekends, less than a 60-hour workweek and a living wage, then this is a big deal.

UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship winners: where are they now?

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-26 08:25

The UFCW Charity Foundation is currently accepting applications for it’s 2018 scholarship, and we wanted to take the opportunity to report back on where a few of our past year’s winners are and all the exciting things they have going on in their lives. Last August, we spoke with Jennifer Archuleta, scholarship winner from 2010.

Vatican Receives Letter Urging Support for Nabisco Workers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-26 08:23
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' (BCTGM’s) campaign against the outsourcing of North American Nabisco jobs has generated widespread support. From U.S. congressional leaders, university students, union trade and justice activists to American veterans and consumers, the message carried by Nabisco workers across the nation has resonated loud and clear: Stop the global exploitation of workers that is devastating families and communities.

Welcome to the family, Severance Food workers!

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:47

Congratulations and welcome to some of our newest UFCW members,  the hardworking men and women at Severance Foods, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut. The roughly 50 workers at Severance Foods manufacture a large variety of tortilla chips that are distributed worldwide.

Become a Labor Delegate to the 2018 Democratic State Committee Convention

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:44

The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be holding its State Convention on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd at the DCU Center in Worcester. It is important to have a strong labor presence at this Convention that will nominate Democratic candidates for statewide office.

Black History Month: Remembering Russell R. Lasley and the UPWA

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-12 10:45

This Black History month, we celebrate the life and legacy of United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) Vice-President Russell R. Lasley (1914-1989). Lasley was an officer in UPWA Local 46 in Waterloo, Iowa. He got his start working at The Rath Packing Co. and rose to become one of the central figures in the American civil rights movement.  Lasley was a vice president of the international union for more than 20 years, remaining after the UPWA merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen where he became director of the merged union’s civil rights department.

UFCW Members Make Valentine’s Day Happen

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-12 10:44

As with many holidays, the members of our hard-working union family help make Valentine’s Day happen for members of their communities and people across the country.

Take No Smoke Video What's New Feed - Tue, 2018-02-06 21:44

3 Alarm Fire in Jamaica Plain What's New Feed - Tue, 2018-02-06 17:28
Boston Firefighters responded to Box 2437 for 165 LaMartine Street in the Jamaica Plain section of the city. Fire was in a 3 storry wood occupied wood on link below   http://wcvb.

Working People's Day of Action Massachusetts

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-05 09:45

America needs union jobs.

On February 26th, thousands of working people in Massachusetts will join a national movement as they speak out for good, union jobs.
We are rising up to protect the freedom of working people to join unions for a better life.

BCTGM Nabisco Fight Sees Victories, Campaign Continues

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-02-05 09:42

"Breaking Faith: Outsourcing and the Damage Done to our Communities. How the corporation that owns Oreo broke promise after promise to working people and consumers while lining their executives’ pockets with cash."

Hotel Workers Say #MeToo and Fight Back

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-01-29 14:36

As the #MeToo movement surges across the nation, working women are finding power in their union to speak out and fight back against sexual harassment and assault on the job. In the hospitality industry, housekeepers have been pursuing protections for years, and their union, UNITE HERE, has been shedding light on their struggle.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 260,000 More Union Members in 2017

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-01-29 14:34

Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country.

Apply for the Union Plus Scholarship Program

UFCW 1459 - 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?

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