July, 2012

Why do UFCW Members Support the Active Ballot Club?

Recently we asked UFCW member on our rapid response team why they support the Active Ballot Club (ABC), UFCW’s political action committee. We got some great answers back! Below are some highlights. If you want to join the UFCW rapid response team and be part of the next poll, sign up to receive text messages by clicking here. Your feedback could be the next to be featured on the UFCW blog.

Here’s what UFCW members had to say when we asked them why they support ABC

  • I want to fully support those in office who fully support me and my rights as a union member and American worker. - Tennessee
  • Because it matters!!! - Scott 
  • United we stand…. - Kentucky, Local 227
  • Because I believe in working class power! - Jen
  • To help protect my job. - Scott Adkins, New Carlisle, Ohio, Local 75
  • Because I refuse to believe that the future of america just belongs to the super wealthy. - William Keedle, Chico, California, Local 876
  • To keep my job secure for my family. - Illinois
  • I support it for the pro worker candidates and to fulfill their goal and aspirations. - Elizabeth Jackson, Detroit, Michigan, Local 876
  • Because i believe strongly for unions and i want to help my union in any way i can. i try to get people to sign up for abc so we can have more support. - Local 431
  • ABC is the only voice we have in politics! - Anonymous

The Active Ballot Club (ABC), the UFCW’s political action committee, leads the charge to elect pro-worker candidates–so we don’t end up with anti-worker politicians making decisions that affect our future. PACs work by raising voluntary money from people who are either members of, employed by, or working for a particular organization–like the UFCW. ABC supports pro-worker candidates and incumbents–Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. It is the only political action committee that is dedicated to advocating for and protecting the interests of UFCW members.

If you are a UFCW member and would like to contribute to ABC, click here to help the UFCW fight for working families.

What has Obama Ever Done for…Immigration?

At a time when workers are under attack by big corporations, special interests, and their cronies in government, President Obama has been an unyielding friend to working men and women. He has stayed true to the vision he outlined to the UFCW nearly four years ago. He is the only candidate for President in 2012 that has our interests at heart. 

Despite what the opposition is saying, President Obama has taken great leaps and bounds to improve the quality of life for the working class in our country, including the millions of immigrants who are a part of our workforce:

  • Continues to push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform which includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented 
  • Opposed states’ attempts to provide a patchwork of regressive immigration laws by filing suits challenging controversial immigration laws in Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, and Alabama on the basis that these laws unconstitutionally interfere with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy
  • Issued final H-2A (agricultural) Guestworker Rule reversing Bush-era program changes and setting the stage for reforms to the H-2B (nonagricultural) Guestworker program
It’s time for President Obama’s critics to look at the facts.  The President has served as a continuous ally for the working people of America by looking out for their well-being, striving to make sure our country’s middle class can succeed, and fighting for immigration reform. To read more about what President Obama has done for to the middle class, and what we must do to make sure he has four more years in office to finish his work, check out VoteUFCW.org.

UFCW Members Show Community Spirit in Rockmart, Georgia

UFCW/ICWUC Local 90-T in Rockmart, Georgia took time out this week to volunteer at their local Home Spun Festival – registering voters, giving away water bottles, and talking to friends and neighbors about what it means to have a union voice on the job.

The Home Spun festival is a tradition dating back 35 years in Rockmart, but this year marks Local -T’s first official involvement in the festival. The local staff and members in attendance were in agreement that it won’t be their last!

What a great way to spend the day – union brothers and sisters coming together for the good of the community to share information on voting and workplace rights. Do you have more stories about union members giving back in their communities? If so, send them along to submissions@ufcw.org and your story could be featured right here on the blog!