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June 20, 2019

UFCW Free College program puts quality education in reach

The UFCW Free College Benefit makes it possible for members and their families to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College. LaTrice Duncan recently received her degree in May through the program, and had the following to share about her experience:

So many people feel hopeless at the thought of not being able to afford a college education, and many give up looking for sources of assistance.  What UFCW Local 1994 has done for me is beyond comprehensible.  Not only did they provide me with a first-class education, but I am graduated debt free.

My educational pursuits would not be possible without the generous benefit that UFCW afforded me.  For someone like myself that never thought a quality education was in reach, they extended a hand that allowed me to reach further than I could ever had dreamed about.

Respectfully,

LaTrice Duncan


We’re there for you.

If you have been thinking about going back to school to get your degree but are overwhelmed by the process, reach out to the UFCW Free College program. Someone will assist you step-by-step and be there for any questions you might have.

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LaTrice Duncan, UFCW Free College Graduate in her cap and gown

LaTrice Duncan, UFCW Free College Graduate

June 18, 2019

Metro Market workers in Milwaukee join UFCW Local 1473

We want to extend a warm welcome to Metro Market workers in Milwaukee who recently joined UFCW Local 1473.

One of the main motivating factors for the men and women of Metro Market to join the UFCW was a desire to strengthen wages, improve scheduling and staffing, and have a way to address other issues they face on the job.

“I am looking forward to the positive change a union contract will bring to our store,” said Josephine D’Amato, a bakery clerk who has worked at the Metro Market Van Buren store for 13 years.

“The biggest thing a union does is give us unity in numbers,” said Terrence Honey, a produce clerk who has worked at the Metro Market Van Buren store for 16 years. “Strength in numbers helps level the playing field.”

Congratulations and good luck with your first contract!

June 17, 2019

UFCW Local 663 Member at Plymouth Cub Foods Saves Life

This story originally appeared on the UFCW Local 663 website. 

It was a cold November morning, and UFCW Local 663 member Rick Phelps was working his normal shift at the Haug’s Cub Foods in Plymouth stocking in grocery. Denise from the Coon Rapids store was working a shift for another member who was out. All of the sudden Rick heard Denise saying loudly over the radio, “Code green! Code green!” He explains, “a code green means there is a medical emergency. I responded to that and it was in aisle 10.”

Rick took a deep breath before he turned the corner to the next isle, because he didn’t know what to expect. A customer was on the ground.

“I’ve done small things here you know like low blood sugar things of that nature,” added Phelps. “I went to check his pulse and for any respiration he had neither. So I started CPR. When I was down doing compressions, our security came up and I asked him to go get the AED. He was on top of it.”

First Responder

In fact, 15 years ago Rick took the first responder training offered when he first started working at a Cub Foods in Coon Rapids. Then it became something important to him, he says it’s a hobby, and now he is a volunteer firefighter in St. Francis.

If not for the union family at Cub Foods, Rick’s training and the AED in the store, the victim might not have survived.

After paramedics picked up the victim, Rick said, “I finished my shift. I was happy to help. It’s what I do. I just really focused and went through my training. The victim waking up was a bonus—that was great.”

PHELPS A HERO

Many people are calling Rick a hero, including Local 663 President Utecht. “On behalf of UFCW Local 663, I want to thank Rick for saving a customer’s life. He truly is a hero.”

Phelps says he was just doing his job. “I was just doing what I was trained to do,” added Phelps.

Phelps is grateful he was able to save the man’s life. His hope is that others will take AED and CPR training as well.

“If you have the opportunity to do it everybody should do it,” added Phelps. “You never know when the person right next to you is going to need it. Fortunately, I was in the right place at the right time.”

From making sure the shelves are stocked at Cub, to saving lives as a volunteer first responder, his commitment to his community shows.

June 17, 2019

Keep it classy with this UFCW-made bourbon and wine cocktail

Looking for a simple but sophisticated cocktail for your next get together? We’re proud to have among the UFCW’s ranks many hard working men and women at quality distilleries and wineries, and this cocktail gives us a chance to highlight both UFCW-made bourbon and wine in one drink.

The Derby Sour  is similar to a Brown Derby, a refreshing grapefruit-based drink straight out of 1940s Hollywood, but mixed with a New York Sour, a play on a whiskey sour that originated in Chicago in the 1870s. While topping a bourbon drink with red wine might seem unusual, it was common among Victorian-era bartenders as a way to add visual interest to a drink and would have been referred to as a “claret snap.”

This is a great drink if you are new to making cocktails as you don’t have to commit to buying any fancy liqueurs, plus the addition of honey syrup not only sounds tasty, but it is actually even easier to make than simple syrup— just mix half hot water with half honey until the honey dissolves, then let it cool.

Don’t be intimidated by having to float the red wine on top of the drink. While the internet is full of highly-skilled bartenders pouring liquids over the backs of spoons into neat layers, you can actually just pour the wine directly into a spoon and slowly spoon it onto the drink if you are nervous about messing up.  A drier, fruitier wine with a bit of spice works best, but you can probably get away with using most reds and it will still turn out great.


The Derby Sour

1 1/2 ounces UFCW-made Basil Hayden’s® Rye Whiskey
3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup (1/2 honey, 1/2 hot water)
1/2 ounce UFCW-made red wine (we used Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon made by UFCW members in the Napa Valley)
2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Combine all the ingredients except for the wine into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake and then pour into a glass. Slowly float the wine on top using a spoon.

Lifehack: if you don’t own a cocktail shaker, try using a to-go coffee thermos with a lid. No one has to know.  


June 7, 2019

Twenty wonky labor terms every union member should know

Do you know what a shop steward is? What about Weingarten Rights? If you hang around union people long enough, there’s terms that will keep popping up that can be confusing if you’ve never worked a union job before or had much experience with labor unions.

For a longer list, download the UFCW Glossary of Labor Terminology.

AUTHORIZATION CARD

A form voluntarily signed by an employee whereby the employee authorizes a labor organization (Union) to represent him/her for the purpose of collective bargaining. Some cards will also state that the employee desires an election to be held to determine whether or not the Union has the full support of the majority of the employees in the
bargaining unit.

BARGAINING AGENT

Union certified by a government agency, such as the National Labor Relations Board, or recognized voluntarily by the employer, as the exclusive representative of all employees in the bargaining unit for purposes of collective bargaining.

BARGAINING RIGHTS

The rights outlined in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Rights of workers to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment through chosen representatives. The bargaining agent is designated by a majority of the workers in a bargaining unit.

BARGAINING UNIT

A group of employees in a given workplace who have a sufficient similarity of interest to constitute a unit for the purpose of bargaining collectively with their employer. A bargaining unit is usually defined by the National Labor Relations Board, or similar federal, state or local agency.

UNION REPRESENTATIVE

(B.A., Business Agent): A full-time representative of a local union whose job it is to represent members in the local.

CARD CHECK

Procedure whereby signed authorization cards are checked against a list of employees in a prospective bargaining unit to determine if the union has majority status. The employer may recognize the Union on the basis of this card check without the necessity of a formal election. Often conducted by an outside party.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

Negotiations between an Employer and Union, representing a group of employees, that determines the conditions of employment. The result of the Collective Bargaining Procedure is called the contract. Collective Bargaining is governed by Federal and State Statutory Laws, Administration Agency Regulations, and Judicial decisions.

CONTRACT

An Agreement in writing between the Union, acting as bargaining agent and the Employer, covering wages, hours, working conditions, fringe benefits, rights of workers and union, and procedures to be followed in settling disputes and grievances.

Read More: Tired of empty promises? Get it in writing!

GRIEVANCE

A formal complaint, usually lodged by an employee or the union, alleging a misinterpretation or improper application of one or more terms in a collective bargaining contract. The method for dealing with grievances is through a grievance procedure negotiated in the union contract. If a grievance cannot be settled at the supervisory level, it can be
appealed to higher levels of management.

GRIEVANCE ARBITRATION

The appeal of grievances to an impartial arbitrator for final and binding determination. Sometimes called arbitration of “rights”. The arbitrator determines the meaning of the contract and clarifies and interprets its terms. Arbitration, where it is available, is usually the last step in the grievance procedure.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

The steps established in a collective bargaining contract for the handling of grievances made by or on behalf of employees.

LABOR ORGANIZER

A person usually employed by a union (often the regional or international union), whose function it is to help the employees of a particular employer through the organizing process and o% er guidance on the best ways to go about joining the union.

MADE WHOLE

A catchall phrase used in grievance and other legal action where a remedy is sought from an employer. Often used in discharge and discipline cases where the union seeks to have a worker, who had been wrongly discharged or disciplined, returned to work and reimbursed all wages, benefits, or other conditions lost due to an employer’s unjustified
action

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

The employees in a non-union shop who are designated to represent their co-workers during the representation campaign. Organizing committee members, among other things, usually sign up their coworkers on authorization cards or petitions acknowledging support for union representation, hand out leaflets, attend meetings and visit
workers at home to gain support for the union effort.

PICKETING

The carrying of signs or the passing out of literature protesting working conditions or actions taken by the employer. Picketing occurs during a strike, or in the form of an informational picket. In this tactic, designed to put pressure on the employer, union members inform the public and other workers about the conditions they feel are unfair.

RANK AND FILE

The members of a union. This term does not apply to the leadership of a union.

RATIFICATION

Formal approval of a newly negotiated agreement by vote of the union members affected.

Worker reviews his contractSHOP STEWARD/STEWARD

The union representative of a group of fellow employees who carries out duties of the union within the workplace.

EXAMPLE: Handling grievances, recruiting new members and monitoring compliance with the contract. The steward usually is either elected by other union members or appointed by higher union officials. The steward usually
remains an employee while handling union business. Some release time (with or without pay) may be available to stewards under specific language in many collective bargaining contracts.

UNION LABEL OR BUG

A stamp or tag on a product or card in a store or shop to show that the work is performed by union labor. The “bug” is the printer’s symbol.

WEINGARTEN RIGHTS

The rights of employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act to request union representation during investigatory interviews if they reasonably believe that the interview could result in their being disciplined. “Weingarten rights” also guarantee the rights of union representatives to assist and counsel employees during interviews which could lead to discipline.

June 7, 2019

UFCW/ICWUC president to Senate committee: “Workers and labor representatives need to be involved in protecting our chemical infrastructure”

John Morawetz, president of the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC), one of the councils within the UFCW, testified before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on June 4th to advocate on behalf of the safety of both everyday Americans and those who work in the chemical industry.

Morawetz has three decades of experience investigating occupational health hazards and currently serves as the director of the nationally-recognized ICWUC Training Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. His expertise in both safety and worker issues allowed him to present a unique perspective to the committee, which had gathered to discuss the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and established in 2007, CFATS is the country’s first regulatory program focused specifically on security at high-risk chemical facilities.

“Unions have made sure their members are educated and trained on the safety and health hazards they face on the job,” said Morawetz in his written testimony. “Union negotiators bargain over health and safety contract language, actively participate in the investigation and identification of health and safety hazards and testify in support of legislation which strengthens workplace security.  Unions are actively involved in making our workplaces safer.”


Morawetz had four recommendations to the committee to ensure safety and security at chemical facilities:


1.) More worker involvement.

Workers have expertise and are ultimately the most familiar with the day to day reality of what’s really happening on the ground, and that knowledge and expertise shouldn’t go to waste.

“Chemical workers have direct, current knowledge and experience of plant operations that is invaluable in solving site specific problems.  Chemical workers know first-hand how a plant works, what chemicals are used, how those chemicals react to one another, their facilities’ weaknesses and the most recent operational changes.  We also know if backup systems will work when the power goes out.  We know the exact location of the CFATS hazardous materials and we know if training is effective.  All these responsibilities make chemical workers the first and best line of defense.”

That includes more union involvement with CFATS inspections

Though federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), NIOSH, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all have procedures to work with both management and labor during their inspections, the same cannot be said for CFATS.

“I’d love to tell you about what takes place during a CFATS inspection, but we don’t know since we are not informed of these visits.  Right now, the law allows discretion on the part of inspectors as to whether workers and the union are advised of an inspection. We know of very few locals or members that have been involved in inspections, and this means an important stakeholder and their valuable information may be excluded from the process.”

2.) Better training.

Everyone, including inspectors, should receive relevant and regular training. Of chemical workers surveyed in union-led safety classes at the Center for Workers’ Health and Safety Education, more than eighty percent had no employer training in the last year in 9 out of 10 key worker safety areas.

Implementing good training is not easy.  One facility that I reviewed was trying to implement the right procedures but after careful review, I realized that all the drills were taking place on the first shift because that is when the salaried employees worked.  The facility has three shifts and operates continuously, so only a fraction of the workers were being drilled for these types of events.

 

For over 30 years my union has run training programs and collected data on how much training our members received. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is the primary OSHA standard requiring training on hazardous chemicals, and the requirement is minimal.  Workers are trained when they initially assigned to a job, and then again if new chemicals are introduced.  Other than this initial training, workers often do not receive further training on hazardous chemicals.  According to data collected by our union, we found that from 2017 to 2018 over 80% of workers who attended ICWUC training had no training in the last year in nine of the ten key worker safety areas. The nine areas not trained on were: Engineering Controls, Air Monitoring, Decontamination, Toxic Effects, Emergency Response Procedures, OSHA Regulations, Plugging and Patching, Selection of Protective Clothing or Respirators.  The government and companies must increase the amount and type of training for all workers inside of CFATS covered plants.

3.) Strengthened protections for whistleblowers.

Making sure workers who spot problems feel safe enough to speak up and not face retaliation is vital to ensuring problems are dealt with before they cause an incident.

“Whistleblowers who disclose wrongdoing at chemical facilities can save lives and help improve public safety and plant security and should not face retaliation.

Regretfully fear is a fact of life at all too many workplaces and jeopardizing one’s job by blowing the whistle is a risky thing to do.  Workers, who bravely come forward to protect themselves, their co-workers, and communities around the plant, should not fear losing their jobs when they speak out.  Whistleblower protection is vital in assuring the free exchange of ideas, improving security and ensuring that effective measures are actually implemented.  Workers must have the ability to come forth and communicate program deficiencies without fear of retribution.

DHS is responsible for managing the CFATS whistleblower process and procedures, but DHS lacks processes and procedures to address whistleblower retaliation reports.”

4.) Regular information exchange

The Department of Homeland Security has information on best practices plants use to reduce their risk and should share that information so other plants can learn from them.

Although reducing potential consequences may not be feasible in all circumstances, because of technological or economic constraints, steps such as substituting safer solvents or formulations for more dangerous ones can be implemented if companies know about it.  The quantities or concentrations can be reduced to below threshold amounts, some substances can be used in a less dangerous form, alternative processes can be used, chemicals can be used “just in time” (without storage), vulnerable sections can be reinforced, inventory control can be improved, bulk storage can be minimized and maintenance schedules can be reviewed regularly.  Many companies have implemented these changes and there is much to be learned from which changes have been the most effective.  This information sharing can be done without identifying individual companies or locations.

Read the Full Written Testimony


About the ICWUC

The ICWUC was originally founded in 1944 and represents approximately 20,000 chemical workers in 32 states. The union merged with the UFCW in 1996, and has operated as a council within the greater UFCW ever since. ICWUC members are full-fledged UFCW members and eligible for UFCW member benefits, including education opportunities and discounts. 

Improving on-the-job safety for members and negotiating strong contracts with good wages, benefits and job protections are priorities for the ICWUC. UFCW members work in many different manufacturing industries including petroleum and coal products, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other agricultural chemical smelters and refineries, as well as, natural gas distribution, nuclear weapon production and power plants. For their own health, for their coworkers’ health and for their communities’ well-being, UFCW members responsible for working with the extremely hazardous substances involved in these industries have a vested interest in the safe operation of their facilities.

In addition to advocating for better legislation at both the state and national level, the ICWUC operates the nationally recognized Center for Workers’ Health and Safety Education in Cincinnati, Ohio, and where it regularly trains union members to become experts in on-the-job safety.

Learn More

June 4, 2019

UFCW: Congressional Passage of Immigration Reform a Victory for Millions of Working Families

Largest U.S. Private-Sector Union Praises House Passage of Bill that Supports Workers and Strengthens the Economy, Urges Swift Approval by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) praised House passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, legislation that would provide much-needed stability to businesses and millions of workers across the economy. UFCW President Marc Perrone, who represents 1.3 million workers across a wide range of industries strengthened by this legislation, released the following statement:

“Today’s House passage of the Dream and Promise Act is a critical step to improving the lives of millions of hard-working men and women who already strengthen our nation’s economy, as well as the communities they call home.

“All of our elected leaders, from both parties, must embrace the truth that providing stability for those who have already passed intensive background checks, pay taxes, and work hard every day to build a better future for all of us is simply the right thing to do.

“Given that this nation was built by generations of immigrants who believed in the promise of this country and worked hard every day to build a better life for their families, it is time for the Senate to join the House and pass this commonsense immigration reform immediately.”

BACKGROUND

The UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers, is part of a coalition of labor organizations representing workers – including many TPS and DACA recipients – in the service and hospitality, airline catering, laundry, meat packing and food processing, entertainment, transportation, and building and construction industries.

Many of our members and their families maintain TPS and/or DACA status and have been in this country for many years working, building their families, paying taxes, and contributing to the economy. Giving TPS holders and DREAMers a path to citizenship is critical to our unions and to the U.S. economy.

The American Dream and Promise Act will:

  • Protect workers from all TPS designated nations, and their immediate family members, who have had a continuous presence in the U.S.
  • Give these workers a path to legal permanent resident status as well as eventual naturalization
  • Ensure that immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be able to have a path to permanency as well

Allowing TPS workers to lose their status would have a significant impact on the economy:

  • $967 million in turnover costs for employers
  • $164 billion in lost GDP
  • $6.9 billion in lost Social Security and Medicare payments over a decade.
  • 60,000 TPS families would be forced to drop mortgages.

This bill is needed to ensure that our members can continue to strengthen our economy and contribute to our communities.

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June 4, 2019

UFCW Praises Congressional Action to Protect America’s Food Safety and Stop Dangerous Pork Plant Change

Largest Private-Sector Union Representing Thousands of Pork Workers Applauds Passage of Amendment to Defund Implementation of USDA Line Speed Increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauds the House Appropriations Committee for taking steps to protect the safety of food and workers at swine slaughter plants. The legislation passed by the Committee included an amendment championed by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and David Price (NC-04) which aims to halt the USDA proposal that increases pork plant line speeds and puts American workers and consumers at risk. The amendment would prevent the USDA from spending funds to implement the rule. UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement praising today’s vote:

“America’s food safety and the safety of the workers who produce our food must never take a backseat to corporate profits. Today’s vote to defund this dangerous line speed rule makes clear that Congress is ready to honor that commitment and the USDA must do the same.

“Increasing line speeds needlessly threatens the quality and health of America’s food supply and cruelly endangers the lives of workers who help produce that food. The proposed USDA rule would dramatically weaken protections that Americans depend on to be able to select safe, healthy food to feed their families every day.

“Our members in pork plants nationwide understand from firsthand experience that the USDA’s proposed rule would hurt workers, consumers, and our economy. We urge the USDA to stop this rule and do its job to protect American workers and consumers.”

BACKGROUND

The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule proposed by the USDA would hurt workers and consumers.

Hazards of Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection Rule:

  • The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule removes all limitations on line speeds in hog slaughter plants which will endanger the health and safety of tens of thousands of workers in the hog slaughter industry.
  • Even at current line speeds, swine slaughter and processing workers face many job risks that can lead to severe injury, illness and death.
  • There is no evidence that the increased line speeds can be done in a manner that ensures food and worker safety.
  • In 1997, the USDA created a pilot program called the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) which allowed five hog slaughter plants to test a new food safety program.  The hog slaughter pilot program revealed serious safety issues including a Clemens food plant in Pennsylvania which reported injuries severe enough that two workers were hospitalized, and one suffered an amputation.
  • The Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule provides no requirement or funding to train plant employees on inspection techniques that were previously performed by USDA inspectors and are now their responsibility.
  • Increased line speeds will disproportionally hurt women and people of color.

Key Facts About Swine Workers: 

  • Meatpacking workers in hog slaughter plants work in cold, wet, noisy, and slippery conditions making tens of thousands of forceful repetitive motions on each shift.
  • Research shows that the fast pace in pork plants, coupled with the forceful and repetitive nature of most of the jobs, leads to high rates of injuries and health issues.
  • Meatpacking workers are injured at 2.4 times the rate of other industries. These injuries result in lost time or restrictions at three times the rate of other industries and they face illness rates at 17 times the rate of other industries.
  • The current maximum line speed for swine is 1,106 hogs per hour.
  • The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents 30,000 workers in the pork slaughter industry
  • UFCW members handle 71 percent of all hogs slaughtered and processed in the United States.

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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

May 25, 2019

UFCW: New USDA Pork Plant Change Needlessly Threatens America’s Food Safety

Largest Private-Sector Union Representing Thousands of Pork Workers Calls on USDA to Stop Inspection Change that Threatens America’s Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) announced its opposition to a new proposal by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which shifts some meat inspection responsibilities from its inspectors to pork plant employees. UFCW President Marc Perrone, who represents thousands of meatpacking workers across the country, released the following statement:

“For over 100 years, USDA inspectors have played a vital role in ensuring the safety of our pork. This change to USDA meat inspection rules would dramatically weaken the critical protections that Americans depend on to be able to select safe, healthy food to feed their families every day.

“Shifting the responsibility onto pork workers, instead of the USDA inspectors who are specifically trained for this critical job, is needlessly reckless and dangerous. Our members in pork plants work incredibly hard already and stand with families across the country to demand USDA keep our food safe and let inspectors do their job.”

BACKGROUND

With the USDA’s test hog-inspection program expected to expand this summer after the agency approves new rules, 35 plants already plan to join the five test plants in using the new program. Together, these plants would produce 90 percent of the pork consumed in the United States.

USDA Meat Inspection Policy Change Impact

  • Federal inspectors on hog slaughter lines at the plants new to the program will be cut from 365 to 218, a 40 percent cut.
  • The overall number of inspectors at those plants will drop from 400 to 288, a decline of 28 percent, according to figures provided by the USDA.
  • The new policy will allow the slaughter-line speeds to run as fast as the plant desires. The current cap on line speed is 1,106 hogs per hour, or 18 per minute.

In its report, the Washington Post notes that food safety groups and the USDA inspectors’ union say they are concerned that “increased line speeds and federal staff reductions on those lines will cause diseased and contaminated meat to slip by the remaining inspectors.” These groups also cite an inherent conflict-of-interest with pork producers overseeing inspections of their own products. Training for those workers, they point out, is also done entirely at the plant owners’ discretion.”

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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

 

May 24, 2019

Auto buying options for union members

Exclusive Savings for Union Members, Their Parents, and Children

 As a UFCW member, you are eligible for savings on a new car when you use the Union Plus Auto Buying Service to help find the right new or used car or truck for you and your family.

The Union Plus Auto Buying Service is administered by TrueCar and Union Auto, depending on your state of residence:

TrueCar


Find your new car or truck with TrueCar
True Car

Available in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine , Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Get upfront pricing on your next car, truck or SUV – before visiting the dealer.

  • Save an average of $3,402 off MSRP1 on new cars
  • Free access to online research tools to see what others paid for the same car you want
  • Search 900,000+ used cars for sale nationwide
  • Up to $2,000 in post-sale benefits like Auto Repair and Deductible Reimbursement2
  • $100 rebate when you buy a new union-made car
  • $200 rebate on a new union-made, EPA Green Car3

FIND YOUR CAR OR TRUCK


Union Auto Program

Available in the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Find your new car or truck with Union Auto

Worry less and save more, with benefits that go the extra mile:

  • Guaranteed low “Fair Purchase Price”4 based on Kelly Blue Book
  • Choice of FREE Lifetime Powertrain limited warranty coverage5, or FREE 3-year; $5,000 Payment Protection & Vehicle Return Plan6
  • $100 extra savings on union-built vehicles at time of purchase
  • Designated Union Auto representatives to help throughout the buying process

FIND YOUR CAR OR TRUCK