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Amazon Changing Whole Foods for the Worse

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-18 09:43

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), made the following statement regarding changes at Whole Foods in the year since they were acquired by Amazon.

“Slowly but surely, Amazon is making Whole Foods a much worse place to work and shop. 

“This is unsurprising. Amazon’s retail vision replaces good jobs and talented employees with automation. 

“Political leaders must realize now, before it’s too late, that the massive job loss this business model leads to could cripple our entire economy. 

“The dedicated men and women who work at Whole Foods have earned and deserve better than the treatment they are receiving from Amazon.”

Union Community Voter Registration Drive

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-18 09:41

Today politics is part of our mainstream discourse. But did you know that tens of thousands of union members in Massachusetts are not registered to vote?

We want our union members to make their voices heard and vote in their own best interests. Registering is as quick and easy as it has ever been!

Labor's Endorsed Candidates

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-11 09:32

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud to endorse 11 union members running for the State Legislature this Fall. Each of these endorsed candidates has a history of fighting for working people and we look forward to hitting the streets in support of their campaigns. Please make every effort to support each of labor’s endorsed candidates and do your part to bring labor’s voice to the state house! 

  • John Drinkwater (OPEIU), candidate for State Senate in the 1st Middlesex District
  • Mike Armano (IAFF), candidate for State Senate in the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District
  • Darrin Howell (SEIU), candidate for State Rep. in the 5th Suffolk District
  • Pete Capano (IUE/CWA), candidate for State Rep. in the 11th Essex District
  • Tram Nguyen (UAW), candidate for State Rep. in the 18th Essex District
  • John Mahoney (IUEC), candidate for State Rep. in the 1st Plymouth District
  • Tom Merolli (LIUNA), candidate for State Senate in the Worcester and Norfolk District
  • Christina Eckert (WGAE), candidate for State Rep. in the 2nd Essex District
  • Rep. Tackey Chan (SAG), running for re-election in the 2nd Norfolk District
  • Rep. Jim Hawkins (MTA), running for re-election in the 2nd Bristol District
  • Senator Paul Feeney (IBEW), running for re-election in the Bristol and Norfolk District

 

Does your workplaces have proper hot weather safety strategies in place?

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-11 09:30

With summer almost here and temperatures rising, many workers face additional heat-related risks. If you are one of these many hard working men and women, you deserve to know you’ll be safe when you go to work.

URGENT: Call the Mass. House and Senate Today to Defend Time and a Half!

UFCW 1459 - Wed, 2018-06-06 13:42

 

Right now Senators and Representatives at the Massachusetts State House are considering changing or eliminating the time and one half pay retail and grocery workers receive on Sundays and Holidays.  The Senate President and Speaker of the House need to hear from you!  Please make two quick phone calls to help protect time and one half pay.

Call the two numbers below and ask to leave this message both for Senate President Harriette Chandler and Speaker of the House Robert Deleo.  If you receive and answering machine, please leave a message, and if it is busy try back in a few minutes.  You can leave a message after business hours as well.  It is important that they hear from you!  Thank you!

Senate President Harriette Chandler   617 – 722 – 1500
Speaker of the House Robert Deleo   617 – 722 – 2500

Hello,

I would like to leave a message for the (Senate President / Speaker).  My name is (First and Last) and I am a retail worker who lives in (City or Town), Massachusetts.  I want to urge leadership not to change or eliminate time and a half pay on Sundays and Holidays for current and future retail and grocery workers.  This pay is vital to all of us who work in this industry. Thank you.

Are you taking advantage of 15% your wireless bill? Your UFCW membership makes you eligible for a number of money-saving discounts

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-04 08:37

On top of the great benefits you get as a UFCW member, did you know you can now also save money on anything from child care to medical devices to household appliances? One of the ways you can save is on your wireless bill. For more savings, visit myufcw.org. 

When It Comes to Janus, There Is Rhetoric and There Is Reality

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-06-04 08:35

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will decide a case called Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, that threatens to undermine the freedom of working people to join together and negotiate for better wages and working conditions. Corporate CEOs and their allies know that working people have a much stronger voice when we speak together, so they are pulling out all the stops to silence our voices. 

Union health insurance: a better value

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-05-29 09:04

Mike Watts lives with his family in Kentucky, where he has been a Kroger employee for over 30 years. When his son was born with special needs, Mike’s union health insurance allowed him to provide the high quality care his son needed when he was born.

UFCW Statement on Bipartisan Defeat of Farm Bill

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-05-29 09:01

Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill, failing to pass the U.S. House of Representatives.

“This Farm Bill was flawed and deserved to be defeated.

“The most common jobs in our country are retail jobs where work schedules are uncertain and vary widely from week to week. If this bill had become law, someone who works hard could have lost access to food simply because their employer cut their hours.

“We urge members of Congress to go back to the drawing board, and work together to craft a Farm Bill that doesn’t punish hard-working families, protects jobs, and actually makes life better in the communities we call home.”

UFCW Endorses Poor People’s Campaign Revival

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-21 08:27

This week, UFCW members around the country joined allies to mark the kick off of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, and hundreds of local and national grassroots groups, The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Expanding Cashierless Stores

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-21 08:25

Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), released the following statement regarding news that Amazon Go stores, which replace cashiers with technology, would be opening in Chicago and San Francisco.

“This isn’t about technology or convenience, this is about Amazon’s and Jeff Bezos’ greed.

“Amazon’s unchecked expansion of this job-killing store concept should be of great concern to everyone who lives and works in America.

“It is time for elected leaders to stop being fooled by Amazon’s HQ2 search and see this company for what it really is – a monopoly that threatens millions of American jobs and hard-working families.”

Have you thanked a third shift worker?

UFCW 1459 - Sun, 2018-05-13 07:18

From stocking shelves to providing late-night medical care, when the rest of the world goes to sleep, many UFCW members’ work days are just getting started.

UFCW Statement on White House AI Summit

UFCW 1459 - Sun, 2018-05-13 07:11
Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the White House bringing major U.S. companies together for a summit about artificial intelligence (AI).

Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Drive Is May 12

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-07 07:07

For the 26th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting its "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Every year on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers, in addition to their regular workload, collect food from people in more than 10,000 cities across the country. Each year, it is the largest one-day food drive in the world.

Over 6,500 Pork Plant Workers Tell the USDA to Keep Line Speeds Safe

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-07 07:06

Over 6,500 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union family who work in pork plants submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in opposition to a proposed rule that would increase the line speeds where they work, threatening both them and the consumers they serve.

UFCW Statement on Federal Court Ruling DACA Elimination Unlawful

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-30 09:36

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), responded to a federal judge ruling that the Trump administration’s elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was unlawful and that new applications must be accepted if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot provide a legally sufficient explanation for termination within 90 days.

Another Organizing Victory in the South: IBEW at Atlanta Gas Light

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-30 09:35

Last week, working people scored another notable victory in the South, when 700 working people at Atlanta Gas Light voted to join the Electrical Workers (IBEW). Here is what organizers on the ground said about the victory.

UFCW Statement on Farm Bill

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-23 12:00

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Farm Bill being passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. This bill currently limits access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).

A packinghouse worker’s account of MLK and the 1968 sanitation strike

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-04-23 11:58

Anna Mae Weems, a member of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), one of the unions that would later merge to become the UFCW, shared her memories of working with Dr.Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) on the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike in the following article that appeared in The Courier. 

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