January, 2010

Scholarship available for UFCW members

Your union is about more than your paycheck and benefits.   The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for ourselves. It’s about creating opportunity.  That’s why each year the UFCW awards several scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their dependents. 

The UFCW Scholarship Application will be available until April 15, 2010.

Go to www.ufcw.org/scholarship to for more information on how to apply.

Walmart Sam

 (Washington, DC) – The following is a statement from Wake Up Walmart:

Walmart launched another assault on living and working standards in communities across the country yesterday, by laying off more than ten thousand Sam’s Club employees.  The company is outsourcing jobs, many of them part-time, to a company based in Arkansas.

Workers report that Walmart called them into mass meetings where they were offered boxes of tissues and told they were no longer needed by the nation’s largest private employer.

The mass layoffs raise serious questions such as whether or not older and more senior workers were targeted for lay off.  Why hasn’t Walmart made a clearer path to employment with Shopper Events for these 11,000 associates – which they clearly have the power to do?   And for workers hired by the outsourced company, what kind of jobs will Shoppers Events provide to the new applicants?   Why is Walmart telling workers they must agree not to pursue age discrimination claims in order to qualify for severance pay?

Walmart and Sams Club workers seeking additional assistance and answers are encouraged to contact Walmart Workers for Change at 866-587-2299 or log on to http://www.walmartworkersforchange.org/.

UFCW Statement on Proposed Sale of Penn Traffic

Washington, DC – Early this morning, Penn Traffic filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court to approve a sale of the company’s assets to Tops Markets. The motion is subject to court approval and any higher and better offers. The following is a joint statement of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, UFCW Local 1, UFCW Local 23, and UFCW Local 1776, which collectively represent approximately 4,800 Penn Traffic employees:

“”Today represents a significant milestone in the renewal of a company with deep roots in New York and Pennsylvania. Consumers, political leaders, and grocery workers came together to produce an agreement that will benefit the entire community. The proposed sale would preserve thousands of good jobs and keep open dozens of stores in our neighborhoods. UFCW members have a long-standing relationship with Tops Market, and we look forward to serving as partners in this chapter of the company’s growth.”"