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August 22, 2017

Perrone Makes Case for Amazon’s Growth to Face More Scrutiny

UFCW President calls on federal agencies and elected officials to stand up to Amazon in The Hill op-ed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, wrote an op-ed for The Hill that details how Amazon’s growing monopoly over the retail sector has negative impacts for American workers.

EXCERPTS FROM THE OP-ED:

All of us, no matter what political leanings we have, will be impacted by Amazon’s monopolistic desire to control the retail market and replace good jobs with automation. This isn’t hyperbole.

In 2016, 43 percent of all online sales went through Amazon; the online retailer also accounted for more than half of all online sales growth last year.

Amazon controls a huge swath of the steadily growing online marketplace and it gives them a distinct advantage over regional and national competitors – which results in job cuts. Public filings show that Amazon played a large role in eliminating more than 50,000 jobs from Staples, Office Depot, and Best Buy. And in March, MarketWatch estimated that Amazon’s dominant growth could remove as many as 1.5 million retail jobs within five years.

All of this begs the question, if Amazon forces millions of service and retail sector jobs to be lost, if they squeeze suppliers to the bone, if they devastate commercial construction because much fewer retail spaces are built, and if they make it impossible for grocery or retail workers to earn a better life because they can no longer find work, where do elected leaders think “good American jobs” are going to come from?

Click here to read the full op-ed.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org

August 15, 2017

A Trillion Dollar Problem UFCW Is Ready To Tackle

Imagine being able to earn a college degree without being stressed about the price tag – things like a car, a house, a wedding, or even a vacation would suddenly seem a lot easier to have.

Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. The average 2016 graduate walked off campus with a degree and over $37,000 in debt. We can’t build a stronger economy that works for all if hard-working Americans are graduating with such high amounts of debt.

When we talk about building better lives for our members and their families, we mean it. Which is why we’re providing our union family with the valuable benefits they need to advance their careers and realize their dreams. One of those valuable benefits is debt-free college.

Thanks to your UFCW membership, you don’t have to wait or worry any longer about paying for college. You can start earning your associate degree online from a public, accredited school – at no cost to you.

We understand that when the economy leaves behind too many people, it doesn’t work so well. That’s why we’re proud to offer members this support with school.

Best of all, this benefit is designed with members in mind. Online classes allow the flexibility you need to pursue the degree of your dreams, at a pace that makes sense for your busy schedule. And you’ll have the support of teachers and advisors to cheer you on along the way.

A college degree shouldn’t be a financial burden for people looking to enter the labor market. Whether you’re looking to begin a career in childcare, become a paralegal, or sharpen your business management skills – the UFCW’s Free College Benefit is here to get you started. No out-of-pocket costs, no stress about the price of books.

Enroll today and start earning your debt-free degree.

August 15, 2017

A Cake Decorator Explains How To Decorate A Birthday Cake

Watch United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) Carolyn show you how to decorate an adorable children’s birthday cake—great for your own son or daughter, or to bring to a party as a guest.

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August 10, 2017

Throw Back Thursday: decades of partnership against cancer

The UFCW been a powerful voice for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) since the partnership began in 1982. Working togther,UFCW members have raised more than $82 million for LLS’s goal to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Here’s a look back at some of the amazing work our members have done over the past few years:

In 2016 alone, the UFCW generated $1.9 million in the United States and more than $2.4 million in Canada, through a variety of fundraising efforts ranging from golf outings to dinners.

“The UFCW union family prides itself on giving back to the communities we call home and doing our part to bring hard working families a better life,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “We are honored to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society lead the way to a world without blood cancers. Our partnership is proof that the best way to make a difference is to stand together.”

“LLS is very proud of our partnership with the UFCW, whose members have supported LLS relentlessly by raising essential funds needed to fight blood cancer,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS’s president and CEO. “The UFCW is helping LLS make it possible to accomplish more than any other cancer nonprofit to advance cutting-edge research and cures for patients.”

August 8, 2017

Don’t Delay! Register Today for the UFCW’s Free College Benefit

Registration for the first fall semester of the UFCW’s Free College Benefit is open until August 18. This amazing benefit  makes it possible for UFCW members and their families to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) with no out-of-pocket costs or need for loans.Classes at EGCC are scheduled to start on August 21.

The UFCW’s Free College Benefit is designed to help UFCW members and their families balance work and home life. You can attend school part-time or full-time – whichever fits your schedule. All you need to get started is a high school degree or GED, and there are no entrance exams to worry about. Available programs at EGCC include Business Management, Accounting, Paralegal, and Early Childhood Education.

This benefit is available exclusively to UFCW members, retired members, and family members, including children, spouses, grandchildren, domestic partners, and dependents. You can learn more information about this amazing benefit here 

August 4, 2017

Summer Water-Related Hazards for Pets

Playing in the water is a great way to cool off for both humans and our pets. But when it comes to dogs and cats, water can present some health issues and hazards as well. Keep your pets safe with these tips from Pets Best, the nationwide dog and cat health insurance agency that powers the Union Plus Pet Health Insurance program. UFCW members are eligible to receive discounts on pet health insurance plans.

 

Water Safety

Although many canines are strong swimmers, they should always be closely supervised and wear life jackets when their owners take them for a summer swim.

Pet owners with pools should pay close attention to outdoor cats and dogs when they’re playing near the pool in case they accidentally fall in.

“For dog owners with pools, I always suggest training their dogs to find the shallow end of the pool or the stairs so they can exit the pool safely. This is important regardless of whether you plan to let your dogs swim in the pool. I recall a claim we processed for BooBoo, an English bulldog, who was found unconscious on the pool floor; but thankfully he recovered after an emergency visit to the veterinarian,” said Dr. Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Even dogs that are good swimmers or wearing life jackets can tire quickly and be put in danger if they can’t find their way out of the pool.”

A few other bodies of water hazards pet owners should be aware of include:

  • Exposure to Leptospira, a potentially deadly pathogen found within some lakes and ponds.
  • Fishhooks, which can get stuck in paws if stepped on, stuck in mouths, or even swallowed.
  • Boats, they can accidentally hit dogs who are swimming in lakes.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are one of the top five most common dog insurance claims we process at Pets Best. Ear infections are an especially common summertime ailment among dogs that swim frequently. These infections are often caused by water entering dogs’ ears while swimming. Pet owners can help prevent this by utilizing an ear cleanser prescribed by a veterinarian to clean and dry a dog’s ears after swimming.

We hope you and your pets enjoy safe and healthy water adventures this summer.

Reposted from Unionplus.org

August 1, 2017

UFCW Local 365 member Jason Holland wins Mother Jones Award

Building Better Lives In Solidarity With Washington State Farm-Workers

Jason Holland, Local 365 member, wins Mother Jones Award for stepping up to help local farm-workers organizing for better wages

When we talk about building better lives, we’re also talking about working together to help make our workplaces safer places to be. That means showing up to support hard-working men and women in your community, because it’s the right thing to do. UFCW Local 365 member Jason Holland knows very well what it means to step up and do right by others – which is why he was recently honored with the Mother Jones Award from the Washington State Labor Council.

After four years of fighting for a fair labor contract through strikes and boycotts, the workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington and Mt. Vernon, Washington were able to secure fair, living wages. The farm-workers, from Oaxaca, Mexico realized that there was strength in numbers – which is why they formed the first new farm-worker union in the country in over 20 years, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ).

Using his law degree from Vanderbilt University, Jason supported FUJ’s efforts by writing the contract the workers would bring to the negotiating table. He marched and protested alongside FUJ in solidarity, receiving no compensation for his work – besides knowing he stepped up to help fellow hard-working men and women in need of a strong union family.

FUJ team with their supporters – including Jason (in grey hoodie)

FUJ team with their supporters – including Jason (in grey hoodie) Photo Credit: FUJ Facebook

Congratulations, Jason. Cheers to a well-deserved award!

July 27, 2017

Amazon Will Destroy More Jobs Than It Could Ever Create

As Jeff Bezos becomes the richest person in the world, it’s clear Amazon’s retail monopoly benefits him above all others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents over one million retail workers, released the following statement in response to Amazon’s claims of hiring 50,000 new warehouse workers:

“While Amazon claims they’re creating 50,000 new jobs, they conveniently ignore how their business model, in addition to offering brutal working conditions inside their warehouses, will destroy tens of thousands – if not millions – of retail jobs through automation. 

“Amazon is a retail monopoly that threatens every corner of our nation’s economy. Left unchecked, it will eradicate jobs, small businesses, and countless American retailers across the nation. 

“Sadly, while Jeff Bezos may revel in becoming the richest person in the world, his business and company will be responsible for pushing countless people into poverty. The question now is this: Will America’s leaders have the courage to speak out against the Amazon monopoly, or will they remain silent?” 

BACKGROUND

  • Public filings show that Amazon played a large role in eliminating more than 50,000 jobs in recent years from Staples, Office Depot, and Best Buy.
  • MarketWatch estimated that Amazon’s dominant growth could cause as many as 1.5 million retail jobs to be lost within five years.
  • An investigation from ProPublica showed that Amazon routinely favored their own, more expensive listings, or Amazon-made products, over those from smaller sellers.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

 

July 27, 2017

Lipton Tea now made by UFCW members

On July 24, members of UFCW Local 400 who work at the nation’s only Lipton Tea plant in Suffolk, Va., voted overwhelmingly to approve their first union contract. The Lipton plant in Suffolk has operated for more than 60 years and produces nearly all of the Lipton Tea sold in North America.

The ratification represents the first time in the history of the plant when workers were given the opportunity to vote on the terms and conditions of their employment. The four-year contract includes significant improvements to working conditions and health care benefits, and places strict limits on when management can require employees to work overtime. The contract also provides workers with four days per year to opt out of mandatory overtime, in addition to two weekends off each month in which they can’t be forced to work overtime.

“Now we have Saturdays and Sundays off when they’re scheduled off,” worker Philip Surace said after Monday’s meeting. “That’s a big deal to us.” The new contract will also save workers with families almost $4,000 per year on their health insurance. “That’s money in your pocket every month,” Surace said. Read more on the story in the Suffolk News Herald.

“It was a long process, but we couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said Anita Anderson, an operator at Lipton for 11 years.

“Our new health care plan is a huge weight off my shoulders. Personally, I take medication every day and I can’t go without my health insurance. But I’m also a dad, and saving $4,000 a year goes a long way for me and my family,” said Terrell Owens, who has worked as an operating technician at Lipton for the past nine years.

“For the last 10 years, we saw so many of our benefits taken away,” said Paul Garrison, a 16-year mechanic. “But now that we have a union, we’re getting them back again.”

Philip Surace, a mechanic at Lipton, said his first experience with a union was when he called UFCW Local 400 last spring. “I didn’t know much about unions, but I knew something had to be done. Enough was enough. I was looking for help and the union sent people right away,” he said. Philip quickly pulled together a meeting with his coworkers to learn about their rights to form a union. “Two months later, we had our union. I would encourage anyone who wants to make their workplace better to do the same thing we did.”

“As a longtime Virginia resident, I know all too well how decades of regressive legislation and outdated federal labor law have stacked the deck against workers, particularly in the South,” said UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federci. “This unfortunate reality only makes me more proud of what the workers at Lipton have accomplished.”

July 25, 2017

A Makeup Artist Explains How To Create A Bold Eyebrow

Watch United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) Jasmin show you how to create a bold eyebrow look—great for a night out or upping your Insta game.

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