Massachusetts Union News

Trumka: 'Working People Are Taking Matters into Our Own Hands'

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:39

AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke to reporters Wednesday at The Christian Science Monitor breakfast, highlighting the wave of collective action sweeping the country. 

Historic Victory at Telemundo: Worker Wins

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:36

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a breakthrough contract for Spanish-speaking performers at Telemundo and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

One UFCW Local 324 member sent his daughter to college for free — now you can too

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-30 09:07
Yes, you really can get your degree for free.   Did you know UFCW members and their family members can earn an associate degree online from a public, accredited community college – with no out-of-pocket costs? Though it sounds too good to be true, the process is simple and can save thousands of dollars.

#RedForFeds

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-30 09:04

Today, in communities across the country, working people joined together in solidarity with the federal workers who make our country run. In the face of ruthless attacks on these public servants’ fundamental economic rights, AFGE is leading the fight to defend our unions.

Gov. Baker signs Cancer Bill

local718.org What's New Feed - Wed, 2018-07-25 21:00
Great victory for Firefighters all across Massachusetts with Gov. Baker signinga Bill into law that includes Cancer as a line of duty injury.

Indianapolis Kroger store celebrates 100% UFCW membership

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-23 09:23

UFCW Local 700 members who work at the Kroger J1 store in Indianapolis celebrated their wall-to-wall union store status when the last nonmember at the store joined our union family in June.

UFCW Statement on the AG and Legal Workforce Act

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-23 09:13

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the AG and Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 6417. This bill creates a new H-2C visa program that will expand the definition of an agricultural guestworker to include meat, poultry, shellfish and other food processing jobs.

“The so-called AG and Legal Workforce Act will destroy American jobs and put the safety of our food supply at significant risk.

PRESIDENT DAN CLIFFORD RETIRES!

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-07-17 10:38
On May 31, 2018 and after forty (40) years in the labor movement, President Dan Clifford officially retired!   His leadership and wisdom are immeasurable and cannot be easily replaced.  Like most labor leaders, Dan began his career as an organizer with the UFCW International Union.  In 1982, he was hired by Local 1459 where he soon became the union representative of our school bus division.  In 2003, Dan was appointed to Secretary-Treasurer of the Local and in 2010 appointed to President of Local 1459 with the retirement of Scott Macey.

TIME AND A HALF BEING PHASED OUT!

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-07-17 10:36
Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a bill into law that will phase out time and one half for Sundays and Holidays beginning as early as next year.   UFCW Locals 1459, 328, 791 and 1445 oppose the so-called “grand bargaining” designed to keep several progressive ballot questions off the November 2018 ballot including the “millionaire’s tax” that was ultimately defeated in the legislature.  

SUPREME COURT VOTES AGAINST PUBLIC SECTOR UNION IN JANUS VS. AFSCME CASE!

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-07-17 10:34
On June 27th, 2018, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against public sector labor unions arguing the collection of fees from non-union members violate First Amendment rights, overturning the 1977 decision that previously allowed such fees commonly known as Agency Fees.    

UFCW members are improving health care jobs

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-16 11:31

UFCW members in New Jersey, Washington, and Minnesota are celebrating several recent hard-won achievements that are making jobs for health care professionals better one workplace at a time. Having a union contract at work means they have a say in their benefits and working conditions, which not only is better everyone at work, but over time the joint efforts of UFCW members all across the country help raise the standards for everyone in their industries. Well done, UFCW Local 21, 152, and 1189 members!

After Janus, Electrical Workers Show the Power is in Our Hands

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-16 11:27
The Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision was despicable, spitting in the face of decades of common-sense precedent. There’s no question about that.   But Janus is not the end of our fight.   Through every punch thrown at working people in our history—every wage-slashing boss, every union-busting law, every strike-breaking massacre—we have rallied together, stronger for our shared struggle.

Rally for National Grid workers

local718.org What's New Feed - Wed, 2018-07-11 02:03
Thanks to all who attended the rally for National Grid Locals at City Hall Plaza

SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL NURSES - OPEN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:54

We will be negotiating with the City for the first time since May 16th and our ratification vote on May 30th.

This is an open meeting for all Springfield Union Nurses to participate in the negotiating process.

OPEN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

DATE:  Monday, July 16th, 2018

TIME:  3:00 p.m.

PLACE:

UFCW LOCAL 1459
33 SPRINGFIELD STREET
SPRINGFIELD, MA

Please make every effort to attend this meeting and have your voice be heard!

INTERNAL JOB POSTING

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:32

 

 

Position

  • Junior person to fill the position of Office Clerk
  • Part-time, 5 hours per day, 25 hours a week
  • Monday- Friday, 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. or 12:00p.m. to 5:00pm

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or office administration certificate
  • Must be an active member of UFCW
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Office experience preferred; however, most training done on the job
  • Computer Skills: Word processing documents, spreadsheets, input data and many other projects
  • Communication Skills: Receive incoming calls or other information that needs to get to the right people. Work closely with many people in the office and must speak clearly and have good people skills.
  • Customer Service: Speak to people outside the company including vendors and non-union workers
  • Organizational Skills: May have many different jobs or tasks at once. Keeping them organized and neat is important.

Salary

  • $19,500 per year
  • Comprehensive benefits package

How To Apply

  • Please email your resume, cover letter and to workers@ufcw1459.com or fax to (413) 732-5376
  • Only electronic applications will be excepted

 

Despite setbacks and high court’s ruling, unions show spark

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:22

Their membership has been declining for decades. They’ve been bedeviled by crippling new laws, and by a devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision just this week. From all appearances, it would seem that labor unions are an endangered species.

But here’s the surprise: Organized labor is showing new signs of life.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:21

The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Brother Poitras Wake & Funeral Infomation

local718.org What's New Feed - Sat, 2018-07-07 12:15
    The wake for the late Fire Fighter Justin D.

UFCW Members Attend Poor People’s Campaign Rally in D.C.

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-07-02 09:28

Over 500 UFCW members representing 20 locals from across the country poured into Washington, D.C., for the Poor People’s Campaign “Global Day of Solidarity” rally on June 23 to demand economic and social justice for the nation’s poor. Over the past few weeks, UFCW members rallied at their state capitols as part of the campaign’s “40 Days of Moral Action.”

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