October, 2011

Apply Now for a Union Plus Scholarship!

Applications are now open for the 2012 Union Plus Scholarship Program, which provides $150,000 in scholarships to union members, their spouses and dependents.

In addition to demonstrating academic ability, applicants are required to submit essays of no more than 500 words describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the union movement and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

Individuals must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Graduate school students are also eligible for Union Plus Scholarships. There is no requirement to have participated in any Union Plus program in order to apply.

Nearly 2,100 students in union families have received money for college through the Union Plus Scholarship Program. This year’s application is entirely online—allowing students to complete their application over time and save their responses. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. To apply, please visit www.UnionPlus.org/Education.

Global meat union network to convene in Omaha

Feature article from Meatingplace.com by Micheal Fielding:


The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) will host meat industry workers from around the world at the Global Meat Conference in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 1-2.


The conference will be the first U.S.-based gathering of this global meat and food union network. Participants will discuss emerging issues in the meat industry and the impact on workers in the 15 different countries represented by the unions in the IUF.


Participants and speakers include UFCW International President Joseph Hansen; IUF General Secretary Ron Oswald; UFCW International Vice President and Director of the Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing Division Mark Lauritsen; UFCW Director of Strategic Resources Department Arne Anderson; and Director of the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative Barry C. Lynn.

Statement from Joe Hansen, UFCW International President on Department of Justice Indictment of UFCW Local 348 Leadership

(Washington, D.C.) — Following is a statement from Joe Hansen, United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) International President on the Department of Justice’s indictment of UFCW Local 348 leadership:

“”This morning, the UFCW International Union sent staff persons to the offices of UFCW Local 348 to ensure that UFCW members are protected and represented.

“”These are very serious charges and the UFCW International Union will cooperate fully with the Department of Justice in whatever way is necessary.

“”The UFCW International Union has its own internal review and investigation procedures for local union operations and representation matters.  Those procedures had not been activated by any membership complaints or other actions that would have signaled a cause for concern.

“”UFCW Local 348 members can be assured that the International Union takes their representation seriously and is taking action immediately to see that they have the full support of the International Union.”"