February, 2012

Dairy Manager, UFCW Member, and Now – Grammy Winner!

Kevin Mackie is the dairy manager at a Shop Rite supermarket in the Philadelphia area. He’s been a member of Local 1776 for over 15 years, and is an active member of the Political Action Committee. And now, to that already full life, Kevin adds the badge of Grammy Winner!

Kevin Mackie, Grammy Winner

Grammy winner Kevin Mackie works at a Shop Rite in Cheltenham. (credit: Michelle Durham)


To read more about Kevin’s story, check out the UFCW Blog.

Stop Nespressure!

Sales at Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, last year topped 110 billion Swiss francs, leaving the competition in the dust. Sales keep growing, and profits with them. A leading moneymaker is the company’s Nespresso. But for many Nestlé workers around the world, growing profits translate into growing pressure from management on their wages, conditions and rights. Our friends at the IUF – the International Union of Food Wokrers – call it Nespressure– squeezing workers, violating workplace rights.


The UFCW urges you to join the IUF in standing with Nestlé workers in Indonesia, Pakistan, and around the world. Take a moment to like the campaign on Facebook and be sure to visit the website to find out how you can help.

Dairy Farmers of America Say Union Yes, Choose UFCW Local 876 for a Voice on the Job

On February 3, 2012, workers at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a milk processing plant in Adrian, Michigan, voted for representation with UFCW Local 876 in an effort to gain job security and a voice on the job.

The vote ended the workers’ two month union organizing campaign. Workers said they became interested in forming a union when management began to use intimidation tactics to increase productivity. Workers cited wanting respect, equality and accountability as reasons to vote for union representation.

“The workers at DFA are very much a close community, and watching management mistreat coworkers was an incentive for workers to fi nd their voices,” said Noah Hefner, a DFA receiver. “I am really proud of my coworkers today,” We are ready to make progress by bargaining a fair contract with management.”