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November 1, 2017

UFCW Statement on Senate Democrats’ Better Deal Proposal on Collective Bargaining

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, made the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ Better Deal Proposal on Collective Bargaining.

“We must build an economy that works for all – not just those at the top. By strengthening the collective voice and negotiating rights of workers, the better deal proposal on collective bargaining begins to do just that.

“Our hope is that every member of Congress will support these more modern workplace policies because this is about more than unions, this is about helping their constituents and all hard-working men and women who have earned the right to a better life.”

The Better Deal Proposal on Collective Bargaining seeks to:

  • Create a mandatory mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract.
  • Strengthen penalties on predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights, and combat misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.
  • Strengthen workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions.
  • Ban state laws that undermine worker freedoms to join together and negotiate.
  • Provide millions of public employees with the freedom to join a union and collectively bargain with their employers.
  • Streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations.
  • Protect the integrity of union elections against coercive captive audience meetings.
  • Use federal purchasing power and policy to help expand opportunities to negotiate.

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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

October 31, 2017

A Florist Shows You How To Create A Fall Centerpiece

Watch United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) Michelle show you how to create a beautiful fall floral centerpiece—great for fall decorating or to set off a holiday meal. Visit ufcw.org/howto/ to subscribe to UFCW’s DIY tips from more experts in our union family.

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October 30, 2017

15 Union-made Candies for Halloween

As the ghosts and ghouls come out this Halloween, keep your eyes peeled for some of our favorite union-made treats. UFCW members as well as our brothers and sisters of the BCTGM union have been hard at work making sure there’s plenty of sweets for all those trick-or-treaters.

For a longer list of union-made candies, visit Union Plus.


1.) Hershey’s Nuggets / Kisses


2.) Kit Kat


3.) Butterfinger*


4.) Baby Ruth*


5.) Smarties


6.) Jawbreakers

 


7.) Sour Patch Kids


8.) Tootsie Rolls


9.) York Peppermint Patties


10.) Jolly Ranchers


11.) Bit-O-Honey


12.) Mary Jane Peanut Butter Chews


13.) Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares


14.) Jelly Belly Candy Corn


15.) Red Vines


*some made in Mexico. Check packaging for country of origin.

October 26, 2017

UFCW Statement on the Agricultural Guestworker Act

Bill would cut food processing wages by 50 percent and put the safety of our food at risk 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, released the following statement regarding the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092), which passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 17-16 on October 25.

“The Agricultural Guestworker Act is a direct threat to American jobs, wages, and food safety. 

“It will flood the meat processing sector with hundreds of thousands of untrained visa holders, effectively destroying middle class jobs that are currently held by hard-working American families who play a critical role in the safety of our food. 

“This bill will also make it easier for guestworkers to be exploited and encourages them to take on work that is demonstrably unsafe without years of training. 

“Any member of the House who cares about protecting good American jobs and wages will do the right thing and oppose the Agricultural Guestworker Act.”

Background:

  • The Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092) will bring 450,000 visa holders to work in agriculture and meat processing jobs that are currently held by hard-working American families.
  • The bill had bipartisan opposition when it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, with Republicans Steve King (IA-4) and Louie Gohmert (TX-1) joining Democrats to vote no. Five other Republicans refrained from voting.
  • The impacts of this bill on the meat and poultry industry, and the U.S. workers employed within them, would be devastating. Food processing workers are highly trained professionals who not only perform a very difficult and highly skilled job, but also serve as a much-needed layer of protection for consumers when it comes to food safety.
  • Rather than require that new H-2C workers be paid at similar rates so that they cannot be used to displace workers and drive down wages, the bill simply requires that employers attempt to recruit workers at $10.88 per hour. If U.S. workers don’t apply at that wage rate, the employer would be authorized to bring in hundreds, or even thousands, of guestworkers at the $10.88 figure—a fraction of what meat and poultry workers in America currently earn.
  • This bill encourages irresponsible employers to displace American workers by bringing in hundreds of thousands of guestworkers across multiple sectors of our economy – effectively forcing U.S. workers out of currently good-paying jobs.

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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

 

October 25, 2017

Discounts for Scary Movies

If you are a horror movie fan and plan on going to the movies this Halloween, don’t forget your UFCW membership gives you access to discount movies tickets and movie ticket packages.

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

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.
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2017 Scary Movies

Cult of Chucky

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Director: Don Mancini

CastJennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Grace Lynn Kung, Elisabeth Rosen

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Better Watch Out

Release Date: October 6, 2017

DirectorChris Peckover

CastDacre MontgomeryOlivia DeJongeLevi Miller, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen, Ed Oxenbould

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Brawl in Cell Block 99

Release Date: October 6, 2017

DirectorS. Craig Zahler

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Udo Kier

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Dementia 13

Release Date: October 10, 2017

DirectorRichard LeMay

Cast: Julia Campanelli, Ana Isabelle, Marianne Noscheze, Channing Pickett, and Christian Ryan

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Happy Death Day

Release Date: October 13, 2017 (Friday the 13th, no less)

DirectorChristopher Landon

Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews

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Creep 2

Release Date: October 20, 2017 (On digital platforms)

DirectorPatrick Bice

CastMark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan

What We Know So Far: The follow-up to the unnerving 2014 found footage horror CreepCreep 2 finds another foolish party lured into Josef’s (Duplass) tricky terrors via online adds. This time, it’s Sara (Akhavan), a video artist who created intimacy with lonely men and can’t resist the opportunity to create a shocking piece of art when she meets a man who claims to be a serial killer.

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Tragedy Girls

Release Date: October 20, 2017

DirectorTyler MacIntyre

Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Kevin Durand, Craig Robinson, Josh Hutcherson

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Leatherface

Release Date: October 20, 2017

DirectorJulien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo

Cast:  Finn JonesLili TaylorStephen Dorff, James Bloor, Nicole Andrews, Vaness Grasse, Sam Coleman

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Jigsaw

Release Date: October 27, 2017

DirectorsMichael Spierig and Peter Spierig

CastLaura VandervoortTobin Bell, Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Anderson, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie

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October 23, 2017

UFCW Joins with NAACP and AFT in Defense of DACA 

Joint Legal Action Cites Trump Administration’s Disregard of Due Process for DACA Recipients 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing a disregard for the due process rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced that it has joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in a lawsuit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security for the Trump administration’s termination of DACA.

The joint legal action makes clear that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA disregarded the due process rights of the DACA registrants, and failed to engage in the required analysis or rulemaking procedures required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, both of which are laws put into place to safeguard the public against this very type of impulsiveness by leaders in powerful positions.

Marc Perrone, president of the UFCW International Union, issued the following statement about joining the lawsuit: 

“While we support the effort to find a bipartisan solution to protect the rights of DACA recipients, ending DACA without regard to due process or proper rulemaking is not only a betrayal of the 800,000 individuals who have always and only called the United States their home, it needlessly jeopardizes the rights and procedures that protect every American citizen.  

 “No matter one’s politics or the administration, every person in this country deserves due process. Moreover, our government can’t function without adhering to certain rules and procedures. Ignoring them jeopardizes the rights and freedoms of us all.  

“With respect to DACA recipients, these young men and women love this country, and it is their home. They work side by side with us, live in our communities, and are dedicated members of our union family and countless others. They, like all of us, want nothing more than to build a better life for themselves and their families.

 “The legal action we have taken with the NAACP and AFT is critical to protecting and ensuring the rights and freedoms of DACA recipients, and every person who calls this nation their home.”

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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

October 20, 2017

National Food Bank Week

This week is National Food Bank Week, a reminder to start thinking about the ways we can help others as the holiday season approaches. Food banks are, sadly, an all too necessary and common feature of life in the United States today, where low wages leave too many families forced to choose between paying bills and buying groceries.

Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. That means having enough money to buy food, but also having access to grocery stores and the time and resources to cook healthy meals. Nutritious food can be expensive, making a balanced diet a luxury for many. Loss of a job, a family tragedy, poor health, or an accident can leave anyone unsure of where the next meal is coming from.

We know better than anyone how hard UFCW members work to put food on the table for America’s families – and our union family also believes that no hardworking man or woman should struggle alone.

In 2016, in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in their “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, UFCW members helped break a Guinness World Record—80 million pounds of food collected for the largest single day food drive in world history.

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff of the food banks who so many depend on. By working together, we know we can get rid of hunger in our communities.

 

October 16, 2017

UFCW member spotlight: Amy Rozny, pharmacy technician at Jewel Osco

“I started in high school. I applied and did a training course through Jewel Osco to become certified to become a pharmacy tech.

I love my job. I get to work with people every day and you always learn something new.

My advice to anyone who wants to become a pharmacy tech is to ask a lot of questions. No question is a dumb question. Before here, I worked at a pet store, because I’m an animal lover, and a garden center, because I love plants. When I started, I didn’t know anything about pharmacy. You learn through asking questions. “

Amy Rozny, UFCW Local 881
Pharmacy technician for 8 months
Jewel Osco #3296 in Chicago, IL

October 15, 2017

Building on Dolores’ and César’s Legacy

Almost ninety years ago, César Chávez, a hero of the labor and civil rights movements, was born on a small ranch in Yuma, Arizona.

Like thousands of others, Chávez’s family lost its land in the Great Depression and headed to work in the fields of California’s central valley, where he would spend the rest of his life fighting for the rights of migrant farmworkers. Growing up, Chávez experienced grinding poverty and rampant discrimination against Mexican Americans.

Many of us have heard about this legendary figure: he’s inspired books, movies, and a wide range of articles and essays. He’s also inspired countless young Latinos to rise and organize to help make their communities and workplaces more fair and equitable places to live and work.

This year, living legend and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association, Dolores Huerta was honored with her very own documentary, Dolores.

Because of Dolores, hard-working men and women all across the country realized for the first time that their voices mattered and they deserved to be heard.

Sí se puede,” she roared, echoed by thousands of migrant workers who demanded fair wages, cold drinking water, and rest periods at work. Dolores’ belief that there was so much untapped political power in the fields totally disrupted our traditional views of who should be heard and who would be silenced.

We are proud to stand on the shoulders of such brilliant organizing titans like Dolores and César, who continue to inspire young Latinos to organize at work, and pursue justice for all at work.

The work continues, perhaps more urgent than ever, to continue fighting for stronger labor unions – a critical tool for Latino families to build better lives.

Gracias, Dolores. Gracias, César. And gracias to the Latinos who have sacrificed so much to drive our movement forward.

October 11, 2017

Building a better life for hardworking Latino families

Whether its training retail workers to adapt to and succeed with innovative technologies in their workplaces, making college more affordable, or helping hard-working men and women become citizens, the UFCW’s union values are a direct reflection of the things that matter most to members. For Latino families in particular, the value of union membership can make a difference in both their workplaces and day-to-day lives.


On average, unionization raises Latino workers’ wages by over 17% – about $2.60 per hour.
The difference is even more dramatic in low-wage jobs. Unionized Latino workers in low-wage occupations are 41 percent more likely to have health insurance and 18 percent more likely to be in a pension plan.

Fair Scheduling

Case-in-point: Erratic scheduling, especially in the retail industry, can create burdens on families with young children or elderly parents, making it unaffordable to take sick relatives to the doctor when needed. But more than one in three people who belong to a union like UFCW get at least one week’s notice of their work schedules.

Discrimination

Our union family understands how confusing and difficult these times are for many of our Latino members. Which is why we’re committed to ensuring every member has easy access to critical immigration-related information. We’re also using our contracts to ensure any hateful, discriminatory action which seeks to isolate our members at work and in their communities is stopped before it starts.

Citizenship

We’re also proud to support Latino members in areas where the government either fell short or stalled. Without any federal action on comprehensive immigration reform, we launched a groundbreaking program called the United Citizenship Action Network (UCAN), which was designed to be a resource for members looking to apply for citizenship. UCAN helps folks find legal counsel, proper documents, and other assistance to get the complicated citizenship process started. Across the country, UFCW Local Unions have hosted workshops and trainings to help members who are legally eligible realize their dreams of becoming citizens.

Education

Another critical issue for Latino members is education. It’s a harsh reality that too many economic factors stand in the way of someone being able to earn a quality college degree that may help them build a better life. Thanks to our Free College Benefit, every UFCW member and their families can earn a debt-free degree from Eastern Gateway Community College.

Building Better Lives

We want Latino millennials to realize their huge economic and political power, and we want to make sure that they know that the UFCW union family can be a resource for their goals of building better lives for themselves and their loved ones. In fact, nearly six-in-ten Hispanics are millennials or younger.

If you’d like to learn more about how the United Latinos of UFCW are working to communicate, organize, and service members, don’t hesitate to reach out.