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December 17, 2013

Funds Raised for Hope for Haiti Project Helps Build New Computer Lab and Library

UFCW local unions from around the country donated funds to help the Haitian people to get back on their feet and rebuild their country after the devastating earthquake in 2010. The UFCW partnered with Hope for Haiti to rebuild the computer lab and library at St. Francois de Sales School in the neighborhood of Riviere Froide, commune of Carrefour, Port-au-Prince.

Students started classes at the St. Francois de Sales School in Port-au-Prince on Otcober 1st.

Students started classes at the St. Francois de Sales School in Port-au-Prince on Otcober 1st.

Thanks to the generous donations from UFCW local unions, the St. Francois de Sales School officially began on October 1st with the computer lab and library set to open on January 12th. Some of the materials purchased with the donations to help complete the computer lab and library include 34 computers outfitted with Microsoft Office software, along with tables, chairs, book shelves, and lockers. The school will provide education to more than 1,320 students in the kindergarten, primary, and secondary levels.

More information on the Hope for Haiti project and updates on construction progress can be found at

December 12, 2013

This Holiday Season, Buy Union-Made!

RWDSU/UFCW Local 224 member

RWDSU/UFCW Local 224 member

(List originally posted at AFL-CIO Now)

Going searching for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure it’s union made in America. Check below for gifts made by the UFCW and other union members in the U.S.

Apparel and Accessories

Brooks Brothers (UNITE HERE)

Joseph Abboud (UNITE HERE)

Majestic Athletic (UNITE HERE)

Timex watches (IAM)

Red Wing Shoes (UFCW)

Beauty Products

Avon (UFCW)

Caress skin care (UFCW)

ChapStick (USW)

Dove beauty products (UFCW)

Revlon (UAW)


(All made by RWDSU/UFCW)

Barrel of Monkeys


Candy Land

Chutes and Ladders


Connect 4

Game of Life

Hi Ho Cherry-O


Mouse Trap









Sports Equipment

American Athletic (Russell) (UAW)

Louisville Slugger (UAW and IBT)

MacGregor Golf clubs (Boilermakers [IBB])

Standard Golf (IAM)

Top-Flite golf balls (IBB)

Stocking Stuffers

Rayovac batteries (Teamsters and UAW)

Bic Lighters (USW)

Ghirardelli chocolates (BCTGM)

Jelly Belly (BCTGM)

Laffy Taffy (BCTGM)

Tootsie Roll Pops (BCTGM)

Wine and Beer

(Wines brought to you by UFW.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle (IBT)

Columbia Crest

St. Supery

Charles Krug

C.K. Mondavi

Gallo of Sonoma

Miller Beer (UAW & IBT)

Miller High Life

Miller Genuine Draft

Miller Lite

Milwaukee’s Best


Red Dog

Anheuser-Busch (IBT & IAM)


Budweiser American Ale

Bud Light


Shock Top


Rolling Rock


If You’re in the ‘Big Spender’ Category (UAW)


Ford Mustangs


See more cars made by UAW.

Editor’s note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all made in America, union-made products. Some places to find more info on those products include but are not limited to Labor 411Union PlusAmerican Rights at Work and the BCTGM website.

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December 9, 2013

Slow, steady growth expected for medical marijuana in Illinois

Peoria Journal Star – Don’t look for medical marijuana to be a quick hit in Illinois. But over time, the state’s newest enterprise is expected to create quite a buzz. That’s the opinion of Hilary Bricken, an attorney with the Seattle-based Canna Law Group that specializes in the legalities surrounding the growing marijuana industry. In August, Illinois became the 20th state in the country to join “the cannabis union” and the second most populous state (behind California) to allow medical marijuana. The bill, signed into law in August, will license 60 registered dispensaries and 22 “cultivation centers” around the state. The law goes into effect in January 2014 but don’t look for legal pot shops to spring up any time soon, said Bricken. “You’ve got three state departments that won’t take up drafting specific regulations until January,” she said, referring to the Illinois departments of agriculture, public health and financial and professional regulation. It’s going to take a year before any of these businesses can start operating, maybe 15 to 18 months,” said Bricken, referring to the growing and selling of medical marijuana.

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December 9, 2013

FDA-approved medical marijuana clinical trial gets underway next month for kids with epilepsy

The Star-Ledger – It’s going to take a year before any of these businesses can start operating, maybe 15 to 18 months,” said Bricken, referring to the growing and selling of medical marijuana. The development is sure to be watched closely in New Jersey, where a number of families whose children have Dravet syndrome, a potentially deadly form of epilepsy, say they cannot obtain yet a useful form of medicinal marijuana through the state Department of Health.

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December 5, 2013

New York State Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana

WKBW – New York State looks into a green initiative that patients and doctors say could help countless victims of people living with severe sicknesses. The state is considering legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The New York Assembly Health Committee will meet today at Buffalo City Hall. This new bill would set up an initiative, allowing a tightly regulated and controlled medical system. It would also allow seriously ill patients a small dosage of marijuana as long as their healthcare provider gives both approval and supervision.

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December 5, 2013

Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for ‘legal’ marijuana use

Christian Science Monitor – A worker in Colorado who undergoes a random drug test is found to test positive for marijuana use, but in less than a month pot-smoking will be legal there. Can a company with a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use still fire that worker, or should it instead adjust its policy on employee drug use? That’s just one of many questions that employers in both Colorado and the state of Washington are wrestling with as they adjust to new marijuana laws, which as of Jan. 1 will permit individuals to buy and possess up to an ounce of pot.

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December 4, 2013

Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses

NPR – Supporters of state-licensed pot share the concern that customers will turn to medical growers rather than state-licensed stores. There’s talk of legislation next year to level the playing field — to make the medical industry pay the same taxes and follow the same tight quality-control rules that apply to the new state-licensed businesses.

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December 4, 2013

Colorado medical marijuana business application backlog persists

Denver Post – Nearly 100 Colorado medical-marijuana businesses are operating without a finalized state license, the remnants of a bureaucratic backlog now stretching back more than three years. In the language of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, these businesses are “operational pending.” What that means is the businesses are allowed to remain open — growing and selling marijuana — while the state conducts its investigation and decides whether to approve or deny the applications the businesses submitted in 2010.

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December 3, 2013

Iowa lawmaker still seeking medical marijuana law

Associated Press – Legalizing medical marijuana will again be debated in the upcoming legislative session, though Iowa lawmakers have so far been loath to embrace a policy that is spreading in much of the country. Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, said he will pursue legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana in 2014.

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December 3, 2013

Florida justices to hear arguments over medical marijuana on ballot

Palm Beach Post – In a legal battle whose social and political shadings have drawn an all-star cast of combatants, the Florida Supreme Court this week will consider a measure asking voters to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for a range of illnesses.


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