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June 22, 2018

UFCW Statement on House Passing Partisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.

“This exact bill failed last month for good reason.

“It puts hundreds of thousands of good jobs at risk of being eliminated and makes it more difficult for hard-working people to feed their families.

“The House needs to take a cue from the Senate and immediately come together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill.”

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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.

June 20, 2018

UFCW Statement on ICE Raids in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raiding Fresh Mark plants in the Ohio towns of Canton, Massillon and Salem, which are represented by the UFCW. 

“Tearing hard-working men and women apart from their children, families, and communities is wrong. The people who do these incredibly difficult jobs have the right to due process, and to be treated with respect and fairness. Today’s actions will only drive this nation further apart, while also spreading unmistakable pain among neighbors, friends, coworkers, and loved ones. 

“Our top priority is to provide whatever assistance and counsel we can to any of our impacted members and their families. The broken policies that led to these and other workplace raids must be addressed immediately. They are creating a climate of fear where workers across this country are too afraid to stand up for their rights, report wage theft, dangerous work conditions, and other workplace issues.  

“We urge President Trump and members of Congress to work together to fix our broken immigration system, and to keep the demands of due process and family unity at the forefront. As a nation of immigrants, we must and can do better than this.” 

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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.

June 15, 2018

Amazon Changing Whole Foods for the Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), made the following statement regarding changes at Whole Foods in the year since they were acquired by Amazon.

“Slowly but surely, Amazon is making Whole Foods a much worse place to work and shop. 

“This is unsurprising. Amazon’s retail vision replaces good jobs and talented employees with automation. 

“Political leaders must realize now, before it’s too late, that the massive job loss this business model leads to could cripple our entire economy. 

“The dedicated men and women who work at Whole Foods have earned and deserve better than the treatment they are receiving from Amazon.” 

Amazon and Whole Foods, one year later:

A brutal new work environment has been tough for Whole Foods workers – rampant punishment and employees crying at work is common.

Amazon has quietly dumped requirements for Whole Foods suppliers to disclose GMO ingredients.

Amazon’s overhaul of Whole Foods logistics process resulted in pervasive out-of-stock problems and fewer local products.

Whole Foods was dethroned as the best store for vegetarians by California chain Vons and fell all the way to fifth place.

Amazon subsidizes their profits with your tax dollars, and is now the number one recipient of state tax breaks, while many employees are on food stamps. In the meantime, states are offering Amazon billions for a possible headquarters expansion. 

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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.

 

June 14, 2018

UFCW Statement on the Farm Bill Passing the Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the Farm Bill (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) passing the Senate Agriculture Committee by a vote of 20 to 1.

“We applaud the Senate Agriculture Committee for working across the aisle and coming together to pass a Farm Bill.

“The Farm Bill is good policy that creates good jobs and is counted on by hard-working families throughout the country. Using it for leverage or as a pawn in a partisan political game is dangerous and wrong.

“We urge the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and begin immediate work on a Farm Bill that can be passed with bipartisan support.”

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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.

June 13, 2018

Summer Vacation Discounts

As a member of our UFCW family, you not only get a strong contract and someone fighting for you at work, you also get remarkable benefits that can save you and your loved ones thousands of dollars this year.

Fun Destinations

Travelling to an exciting destination spot or just looking forwards to a staycation where you live? You can save money on admission to all kinds of fun museums, cruises, parks, resorts and more, including:

  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • The Met
  • Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago
  • MoMa
  • International Spy Museum
  • Empire State Building Observatory
  • Madame Tussaud’s
  • Skydeck – Chicago
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Graceland
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • Newseum
  • Exploratorium
  • San Diego Safari Park
  • CityPass

Register for Destination Discounts


Amusement Parks

Whether you are a roller coaster enthusiast or just like an excuse to eat funnel cake, your UFCW membership gives you discounts on some of the most popular parks in the country, such as:

  • Disney
  • Six Flags (Multiple locations)
  • Adventureland Park
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Crayola Experience
  • Dollywood
  • Dorney Park
  • Funtown Splashtown USA
  • Hersheypark
  • Kings Dominion
  • LEGOLAND (Multiple locations)
  • SeaWorld
  • Sesame Place
  • Universal Studios

Access Your Water and Theme Park Discounts

Accessing your discounts does require setting up an account on the Union Plus website, which is free for UFCW members. From there, you’ll not only get access to discounts on theme parks, but discounts on movie tickets, hotels, car rental, and more that can help you squeeze a little more fun out of your wallet.

Register for Water and Theme Park Discounts


Planning a Road Trip?

Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your car is in good, safe condition to drive. Regular auto maintenance and new tire purchases from Goodyear help stretch the longevity and value of your vehicle.Use the Union Plus Goodyear Discount Coupon for tires and services, to keep your car in good shape and save money.

  • Save 10% off all Goodyear tires or 5% off sale tires at company-owned Goodyear and Just Tires.
  • Save 5% off sale tires at company-owned Goodyear and Just Tires.
  • Save 10% off car service, including auto maintenance, auto parts, or 5% off preventative maintenance.

Many Goodyear tires are made by members of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), so you can support you fellow labor union members and service your car at the same time.


Renting a Car?

Going out of town and need to rent a car? Car rental can get expensive, so you’ll want to be sure to take advantage of your UFCW member discounts. Check out the car rental companies below and be sure to give them the reference ID and mention you are a union member.

 


Avis Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-698-5685

Be sure to reference AWD #B723700

Budget Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-455-2848

Be sure to reference BCD #V816100

Hertz Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-654-2200

Be sure to reference CDP #205666

Dollar Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-800-4000

Be sure to reference CDP #3042236

Thrifty Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-847-4389

Be sure to reference CDP #3042238

Payless Car Rental

Call for Quote: 800-729-5377

Be sure to reference PDN #A071900
June 11, 2018

Celebrating Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, UFCW locals across the country are celebrating diversity and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ members and all workers.

This Pride Month, UFCW OUTreach has created a Pride Guide to help UFCW locals show solidarity with UFCW LGBTQ members by taking part in Pride parades. UFCW OUTreach also created a pamphlet to help UFCW locals with LGBTQ issues in the workplace. The pamphlet, titled “Dealing with LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace,” includes on overview of LGBTQ do’s and don’t’s, frequently asked questions, and transgender key terms.

“UFCW locals across the U.S. and Canada are marching in Pride parades, negotiating strong LGBTQ non-discrimination language and building a more inclusive union—showing our members and the community that our UFCW family has Union Pride,” said UFCW OUTreach Chair Michele Kessler.

The Pride Guide is available here. You can also obtain a copy of the UFCW OUTreach pamphlet here.

June 11, 2018

Join the call: UFCW to focus on good jobs, income, and housing in week 5 of the Poor People’s Campaign

UFCW locals and their members are gearing up for the fifth week of the revival of the Poor People’s Campaign, which will focus on jobs, the economy, and housing. This campaign builds on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, who organized actions in 1968 to demand economic and human rights for poor Americans of all backgrounds. Fifty years later, too many communities are still suffering from poverty.

“The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,” was founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, and hundreds of local and national grassroots groups. The campaign launched on May 13, and has held events across the country since that time as part of its “40 Days of Moral Action” for the purpose of challenging systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.

Our UFCW family has been a large part of this campaign, because we believe people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect on the job. They also deserve sustainable wages and sustainable jobs with on-ramps towards prosperity. Workers across the country are tired of business as usual: low wages and unpredictable schedules while the rich get even wealthier.

“The Poor People’s Campaign believes, as our union family does, that our economy can and should work better for everyone,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone when he announced our union’s sponsorship of the campaign. “Wage inequality, the assault on voting rights, underemployment, and the attacks on immigrant and refugee communities are all part of a systemic effort to disenfranchise poor communities. We’re proud to support the Poor People’s Campaign because, if successful, it will bring hard-working families more power to build better lives.”

On June 11, the campaign is holding events at state capitols across the country around the week 5 theme, “Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Jobs, Economy and Housing.”

The campaign will conclude its “40 Days of Moral Action” on June 23 with a “Global Day of Solidarity” rally in Washington, D.C. UFCW members and staff from all over the country will be joining UFCW International in our Nation’s Capital for the final event of the campaign. Will you join us?

June 7, 2018

Does your workplace have proper hot weather safety strategies in place?

With summer almost here and temperatures rising, many workers face additional heat-related risks. If you are one of these many hard working men and women, you deserve to know you’ll be safe when you go to work.


Does your workplace have a plan?

1.) Train all management and hourly employees with an emphasis on how to recognize a medical emergency (heat stroke).


2.) Have a clearly written protocol on how to respond to a medical emergency.

This should include information for all shifts about who is authorized to call an ambulance, how to call for an ambulance, and what to do while waiting for emergency medical care. This protocol should be translated into the commonly spoken languages in the facility and posted throughout the workplace.


3.) Train  all management and hourly employees on workers’ right to access drinking water as needed and the right to access to bathrooms as needed.

This is important because some workers hold back on drinking water so that they can put off using the restroom. This is never a good idea and can have serious consequences during hot weather. 

4.) Monitor particularly hot and humid work areas.

This should be done with a device that measures both heat and humidity and combines these measurements to provide the Heat Index. The company should have a plan for additional rest breaks or means of cooling the work area whenever the heat index approaches the Extreme Caution zone.

Heat Index Risk Level Protective Measures
Less than 91°F Lower (Caution) Basic heat safety and planning
91°F to 103°F Moderate Implement precautions and heighten awareness
103°F to 115°F High Additional precautions to protect workers
Greater than 115°F Very High to Extreme Triggers even more aggressive protective measures

 

Work with your union rep and your local to make sure that you and your coworkers are protected in hot conditions. Meet with the company to ensure that all of the proper hot weather safety strategies are being used in your workplace.


For more information about heat and heat-related illness, you can contact the UFCW Occupational Safety and Health Office in Washington, D.C. at 202-223-3111.

More materials can be found below:

Preventing Heat Illness
Heat Illness response guidelines
Sample Heat Emergency Procedure

 

May 31, 2018

UFCW Members Make Weddings Happen

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

 

Fall weddings may be gaining in popularity, but June is still the third most popular month for getting hitched.

In fact, 14% of all weddings taking place in 2018 will happen in June. With so many folks tying the knot this month, we thought we’d share all the ways that hardworking UFCW members make weddings happen.

Couples underestimate what they’ll spend on their weddings by roughly 40%. If you’re planning a wedding, be sure to check out some of our UFCW How To videos to help you prepare on a budget!

UFCW members can help you:

Look Your Best

Our union family is home to a number of makeup artists—which sometimes comes as a surprise to those who think of us as the food union! But we do in fact represent members working at makeup counters, like Jasmin Amely, a RWDSU/UFCW Local 1-S member at a Macy’s Sephora.

If you’re someone who’s looking for a little help with your makeup on your big day, heading to a UFCW makeup counter for help from a skilled professional can be a quick, affordable option. Or, you can use Jasmin’s tutorials, like this “How To” for concealing and evening out skin tone, to create your own look!

Get more tips for your wedding makeup below:

Make Your Own Accessories and Decorations

The average cost of wedding flowers is $1,700, but UFCW members can help you save.

Just about any UFCW grocery store, you’ll find a floral department staffed by UFCW florists who create gorgeous arrangements for any occasion.

Michelle Garrett is a UFCW Local 1000 Kroger florist. She shows us here (link) how to create a beautiful flower crown – perfect for a bohemian style wedding, or even a picturesque bridal shower – your guests can get in on making one as a take-home favor!

If flower crowns aren’t your thing, Michelle also demonstrates how to arrange your own bridal bouquet here. Even easier still, ask your UFCW florist to make your bouquet! 50% of brides do a bouquet toss at their wedding, but yours will be so pretty you won’t want to give it up.

She’s got your wedding table centerpieces covered too—here’s how to arrange bouquets in a vase:

Decorate Your DIY Cake or Cupcakes

82% of couples have a cake-cutting ceremony at their reception.

Similar to floral departments, bakeries at your local UFCW grocery store are run by skilled union men and women, who can help make the special moments in your life—like your wedding–even sweeter.

Cake decorators like Carolyn below make edible goods that are both tasty and pretty. Rather than spend a fortune on a wedding cake from a pricy cake boutique, you can order one from a UFCW bakery, or watch Carolyn show you how to make icing roses, so that you can decorate your own. With the average cost of a wedding cake being $550, you might really benefit from this route!

If you thought think these How To videos are useful, you’re not alone. 42% of people use YouTube videos to help them plan for their big day. Subscribe to our channel for more How To tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLujTLCBfbkT-DHXvuxJnpIQV_oV-y2CDG.

May 29, 2018

Are you taking advantage of 15% your wireless bill? Your UFCW membership makes you eligible for a number of money-saving discounts

On top of the great benefits you get as a UFCW member, did you know you can now also save money on anything from child care to medical devices to household appliances? One of the ways you can save is on your wireless bill. For more savings, visit myufcw.org. 

Wireless Savings for UFCW Members:

  • Exclusive Wireless Savings, Just for Union Members
    Save 15% on the monthly service charge of qualified wireless plans — and take advantage of additional savings on select accessories from AT&T.
  • Waived Activation Fee on Select Devices
    Get the $25 activation fee waived on select devices for new lines of service from AT&T.1
  • Endorsed by Union Members 
    Over 97% of union members surveyed say that they would recommend the AT&T Signature Program Discounts through Union Plus.2
  • Union Strength, Union Solidarity 
    AT&T employs more than 150,000 members of the Communication Workers of America.The 15% discount is not eligible for AT&T Unlimited Plans.