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February 15, 2017

UFCW Statement on Andrew Puzder

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union, made the following statement about Andrew Puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.    

“Given recent reports that have come to light, it is clear that Mr. Puzder’s values were not the values of hard-working families. His withdrawal proves that the American people still have a voice and the power to shape our government.  

“Now, the question is who comes next? 

“Whomever the nominee for labor secretary is, they must respect the rights of all hard-working men and women. They must realize that their job is not to protect the interests of irresponsible corporations, but to protect the rights of all workers, including our members, who deserve and have earned a better life.” 

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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.

 

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day Tips from the Pros

A little bubbly goes with everything.

Rob Peters, UFCW Local 1776 member and Wine Specialist, Fine Wine & Good Spirits store 4646 in Ardmore, PA says “When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I always recommend sparkling wine because it is popular, versatile and celebratory, i.e. ‘pop the cork.’ Sparkling wine can be used at any time before, during or after dinner.”


There are many varieties of sparkling wine, but Rob recommends sparkling wines from California, Prosecco from Italy or the classic: champagne from France.

Chocolate is always a winner.

When you give a box of Russell Stover, Ghiradelli chocolate or Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses, know they taste a little sweeter because they are made with love by talented UFCW members. Making chocolates is an art form, one your Valentine is sure to love.

UFCW members who make See’s candies craft each chocolate confection by hand. More care and expertise is needed than you might think. Take a look at what goes into the making of these tasty treats and get a glimpse inside the plant where Lucy and Ethel of the classic TV show “I Love Lucy” found out they couldn’t quite hack it:

 

Say it with Flowers

Feel a bit lost in the floral department? Our members work as florists in grocery stores across the country and are happy to help you put together a bouquet.

And if you are a UFCW member yourself, remember you can save 25% on flowers from Teleflora year round.

Discount Includes:

  • 25% discount on flowers & gifts per order
  • Same-day flower delivery service (If ordered before 2 p.m. Monday-Friday or 12 p.m. Saturday or Sunday in recipient’s time zone)
  • Unconditional 100% satisfaction guarantee on a wide selection of expertly designed flower arrangements, gifts, green and blooming plants and wreaths
  • International service (with three-day delivery guarantee; orders for delivery outside the U.S. and Canada taken by phone only.)

Your 25% discount should be applied automatically. If you encounter any issues accessing your 25% discount, simply type BAAUP25 in the Promotion Code box during checkout.

SEND SOMETHING SPECIAL!
ORDER ONLINE OR CALL 888-667-7779

 

February 9, 2017

Spoil Your Valentine with 25% Off Flowers and Gifts

Save 25% on Flowers and Gifts for Every Occasion

Order beautiful flower arrangements and gift baskets through Teleflora and make someone’s Valentine’s Day.

UFCW Members save 25% all year round on Teleflora flowers and GiftTree gift baskets — your discount will be automatically applied at  checkout.

Promotion code: BAAUP25

You can get the best bouquet for your buck, just order the Deal of the Day.  Let expert florists handpick the freshest, most beautiful flowers to create one-of-a-kind arrangements, all at an affordable price.

Discount Includes:

  • 25% discount on flowers & gifts per order
  • Same-day flower delivery service (If ordered before 2 p.m. Monday-Friday or 12 p.m. Saturday or Sunday in recipient’s time zone)
  • Unconditional 100% satisfaction guarantee on a wide selection of expertly designed flower arrangements, gifts, green and blooming plants and wreaths
  • International service (with three-day delivery guarantee; orders for delivery outside the U.S. and Canada taken by phone only.)

Your 25% discount should be applied automatically. If you encounter any issues accessing your 25% discount, simply type BAAUP25 in the Promotion Code box during checkout.

SEND SOMETHING SPECIAL!
ORDER ONLINE OR CALL 888-667-7779

February 8, 2017

UFCW Charity Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applicants

Looking to further your education? The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship is now accepting applications from UFCW members and their families.

Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation scholarship program offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values.  Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.*

Past winners have gone on to make significant contributions to society and to the UFCW – entering a range of fields including public service, medicine, law, business and teaching.  Many have returned to the UFCW as staffers, organizers, and community activists who contribute to our mission.

Apply Now >>>

*UFCW-employed officers and staff, and their immediate families are not eligible for this program.

Here are last year’s winners:

Region 1:

Local 152 – Ana Grace Fangayen

Ana is now attending New York University in Manhattan, New York and is studying Film and Television.

Region 2:

Local 23 – Katrina Good

Katrina is now attending Lock Haven University for a major in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology.

Region 4:

Local 880 – Jocelyn Bernstein

Jocelyn is now attending the University of Rochester.

Region 5:

Local 2005 – Hannah McDonald

Hannah is now attending Harding University in Arkansas for a Nursing degree, because she’s always liked helping and caring for others, and has always wanted to save a life.

Region 6:

Local 655 – Douglas Fritz

Douglas is attending Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO and studying biology, pre-med.

Region 7:

Local 7R – Karen Emanuelson

Karen currently attends the Keller Williams school for Real Estate in Colorado Springs.  After she finishes her exams, she plans to study possibly German or History at Pikes Peak Community College or University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Region 8:

Local 99 – Tamana Hussaini

Tamana is now attending Mount Holyoke College for a Pre-med. degree, because it’s a great field that combines science and working with others.

UFCW Canada:

Local 1288P – Sarah Gowlett

Sarah is now attending University of New Brunswick St. John for a Bachelor of Business Administration, because she’s always liked organization and numbers.

February 4, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday Second Highest Day of Food Consumption

Aside from Thanksgiving, Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day. UFCW members in grocery stores and in food processing plants across the country have been working hard to prep the meats, cheese trays, deli sandwiches, veggie platters and other great game day snacks we all love.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for my store,” said Earl Greenlawn, a member of UFCW Local 367 who works at Kroger. “Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, my co-workers and I put in long hours preparing food and helping customers plan their menus. We love knowing that our hard work makes it easy for people to enjoy the game with their friends and family.”

So what exactly is everyone eating during the Big Game?

1. A whole bunch of wings. Like, 1.33 BILLION wings.

Collectively, American shoppers are predicted to consume enough wings this Super Bowl that if the entire population of the United States came over for snacks, everybody could each eat four wings and there would still be plenty of leftovers.

How many wings is 1.33 billion? So many wings, that if an NFL player ate two wings per minute, it would take him 1,265 years, 80 days, 7 hours and 12 minutes to eat them all.

Curious about what happens to the rest of the chicken?

2. Ranch Dressing

We’re guessing this isn’t for salads. If you needed more reasons to love ranch dressing, not only was it invented by a cowboy, but UFCW members make Hidden Valley Ranch.

3. Pizza.

The Super Bowl is the busiest day of the year for pizza take out. But it’s not just take out— January also has the highest sales of frozen pizza, in part from shoppers stockpiling grub for their Super Bowl parties. Pizza delivery drivers— our hearts are with you. Godspeed.

4. Chips

According to Nielsen, Americans spend $277 million on potato chips and $225 million on tortilla chips in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

5. Avocados

Avocados are a superfood. We don’t have to feel guilty about the avocados, right? Even if we eat 104.9 million pounds of them?

Holy guacamole!

February 3, 2017

UFCW Members Make the Leather for Every Super Bowl Football

Did you know the leather for every single NFL football, including the ones that will be used in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, is crafted in Chicago, IL by members of UFCW Local 1546, who work at the Horween Leather Company? The hard-working men and women of the Horween Leather Company have been supplying the leather for every Super Bowl football since the very first in 1967.

“It doesn’t just take a high-level of skill to throw a football, it takes a lot of talent to make one too,” said Earl Ferguson, a machine operator and UFCW Local 1546 member at Horween Leather Company. “ We’re proud that our hard work contributes value to something as big as the Super Bowl.”

Take a peak inside the historic plant and learn more about how the leather is made in this video.

 

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January 27, 2017

Date night discounts for UFCW members

Movie Discounts — at the theater or in your living room

Whether you want a night in on the sofa or a blockbuster for date night — we’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day.

Make it a night out

Read reviews, watch trailers choose your movie and showtimes, order your eTickets and then head out.

Save up to 24% off at your choice of three national movie theater chains:

  • AMC Theaters — Save 22% on AMC® Green eTicket*. Order Online, Print & Redeem.
  • Regal Cinemas — Save 24% on Premiere Print-At-Home eTickets (Any Movie – Anytime) with No Expiration Date.
  • Cinemark Theaters — Save 10% on Cinemark’s Platinum e-Supersaver eTicket with No Expiration Date. Order Online, Print and Redeem.

Opting for a night at home?

Stay in with Redbox — Join the Redbox Text Club and get exclusive member-only deals.

Access restaurant discounts

In addition to discounts to movies, as a UFCW member, you are also eligible for discounts at local restaurants once you register for an account with Union Plus. Your union membership gives you access to the discounts you need to treat your date right this Valentines.

Have a good time, love birds! You’ve earned it.

>>> REGISTER/LOGIN AND START SAVING

January 25, 2017

Apply now! Deadline for scholarship applications is January 31

Apply online for the 2017 Union Plus Scholarship.

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2017


The Union Plus Scholarship Program has provided more than two decades of higher education support for working families. Since 1992, Union Privilege, through the Union Plus Scholarship program has helped fulfill the educational dreams of students representing more than 13 million working families across the nation.

The Union Plus Scholarship awards are presented annually to union members or members of their families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

In 2016, some 104 union members and union family members were awarded $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.

2016 Union Plus Scholarship Winners and UFCW Members

$4,000 Winners

Jimmy L. Nguyen
Julia Rolniak

$3,500 Winner

Nadia S. Porter

$3,000 Winner

Hannah Rattin

$750 Winner

Kali Simonson

$500 Winners

Tyrobius T. Bacon
Grayson Juarez
Naomi N. Santa Cruz

Challenging Process

The students selected for awards represent a wide sampling of demographics, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. Representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities judged the applications.

According to the judges, the caliber of students this year made the selection process very challenging. The students are from diverse backgrounds, and as a whole, they received top SAT scores, were well-rounded in their studies and extracurricular activities, and they understood the value of working families and union membership.

How the Scholarship Program Works

In addition to demonstrated academic ability, applicants submitted essays describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the labor movement, and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

The program is open to union members, their spouses and dependent children of unions that are participating in any Union Plus program. Individuals must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus program to apply.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.

Applications

Each year, the application deadline is January 31 and chosen scholarship recipients’ names are announced May 31. All applicants are notified when the award winner list is posted in early June.

Apply now for this year’s Union Plus Scholarship.

 

January 23, 2017

UFCW Statement on TPP Withdrawal 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“For decades, our nation’s union families have stood united to protect American jobs. While withdrawing from the TPP is a positive step, it is a small piece of what must be a larger effort to protect Americans who face exploitative, unfair, discriminatory, and unjust workplaces. 

“We urge President Trump to recognize that America’s workers, especially union members, are not just incredibly hard-working, they have earned the right to join together for a better life – and that right must be protected.    

“Protecting good American jobs must be about more than just stopping unfair trade deals. It must also be about protecting people from irresponsible employers who are indifferent to their workers, and provide jobs with low wages and no benefits. 

“Make no mistake, if we are going to make America a better nation, we must strive to protect workers who seek nothing more than the opportunity to provide a better life for their families.”

 

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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. 

 

January 20, 2017

On your feet all day? Try these exercises.

On your feet all day? Then you know how hard it can be on your body. Though some studies have shown working on your feet might ultimately be better for longevity than working at a desk, that’s small comfort to those dealing with the everyday aches and pains that can be associated with spending hours on your feet.

Getting Started

If you’ve got 15 minutes before you start your work day, why not try this short routine to help your body gear up for the stress and strain of standing for hours on end.

On the Job

Don’t forget to stretch and move throughout your day, too. Even if you don’t have much space, you can do a few simple exercises to help break up the monotony and increase blood flow.

1.) Alternating knee flexion

2.) Figure-8 hip rotations

3.) Hacky-sack kicks

4.) Hamstring stretch

5.) Calf stretch

After Work

Yoga is also a great way to wind down from the stresses of the day, but there are so many instructional videos online it can be overwhelming. Why not start out with a few of these poses targeted specifically for people on their feet all day. Let us know how they work for you!

Start from the Ground Up

Of course you also want to make sure you’re wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and that you have a good floor mat to stand on. Most commercial buildings have concrete floors, even if it’s covered up by carpet, and standing on such a hard surface for hours at a time can be damaging to your body.

If you don’t have an anti-fatigue mat at work, reach out to your UFCW representative and let them know. Not sure who your UFCW representative is? Call your local union office. Let them know where you work and that you’re trying to find out who your representative is. Your representative can help advocate on your behalf to management or let you know about workplace protections you may have in your contract.

We know you are busy balancing all the different demands of work and home, but taking a few minutes out of your day to reduce or prevent pain and stiffness can help the rest of your day go a little more smoothly.