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July 12, 2018

UFCW Statement on Amazon Prime Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding Amazon’s 2018 Prime Day.

“Hard-working families don’t need more deals from Amazon – they need reassurances that this company isn’t going to destroy more American jobs.

“We find it alarming that Amazon’s entire business model is attempting to replace millions of jobs with technology.

“Our society needs to talk less about Amazon’s Prime Day sales and more about the serious economic danger Amazon poses to every community in America.”

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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 2, 2018

Top 12 grilling tips from a union butcher

Meet Robert, a UFCW everyday expert


Robert Young, Jr. is a butcher at Stop & Shop in Belle Harbor, NY and a UFCW Local 342 shop steward. With almost four decades of answering customer’s questions about meat, he’s got an arsenal of useful tips for those breaking out the grill for a summer cookout.

“When it comes to charcoal vs. gas grills, it’s all about preference,” Young says. “But if you are heavy handed with your lighter fluid or use pre-soaked charcoals, that flavor can seep into your food. The key is to keep your meat moving.”

Chicken


1.) Be careful not to dry it out

Boneless, skinless chicken cooks faster, so pay attention at the grill so that it doesn’t burn or dry out

2.) Watch out for flare ups

Chicken with skin or bones cooks longer but is juicier, but that means it’s easier to have flare-ups – avoid these by having a clean grill, and have a spray bottle or hose nearby just in case.

Steaks


3.) Pick the right cut

Any steak in the round-top family is great for grilling, especially London Broil (but not bottom round. Other great grilling steaks are shell, ribeye, strip, and flank.

4.) Turn up the heat

To grill steaks, you want a HOT grill—450 to 500 degrees.

5.) Watch those steaks

To cook, leave the steak on one side for two minutes until grill marks appear. Then turn it and leave for another 2-3 minutes until you have created grill marks going in the other direction. Then turn the steak over and repeat the process on the other side.

The key to grilling is paying attention and staying at the grill—not being distracted or walking away.

 Burgers


6. ) Aim for half a pound

Any pre-packaged burger is fine, but if making your own by hand out of chopped meat, a half-pound per burger is ideal because it will account for loss of juices and shrinkage in size, or any pieces that might fall through the grill. Don’t make any larger however. They are great to make and then freeze to grill later.

7.) Don’t squish them

Don’t press the burgers down when cooking them, you’ll lose juices.

8.) Keep it HOT

Burgers or other beef should also be cooked at a high heat.

9.) Check how “well done” they are

If trying to determine how cooked your burgers are, you can gently press your thumb into the middle of the patty. If it springs back quickly, it’s probably well done. If the meat retains the thumb print, it’s rare. You can also use a BBQ fork or spatula to do this to avoid touching the meat.

Pork Chops


10.) Cool it off

Pork chops don’t need to be cooked at such a high temp—closer to 375 or 400 degrees, because it is a white, leaner meat.

11.) Flip it

Cook your chops the same way you would a steak, flipping once or twice.

12.) Keep it to the edges

You can set your pork, or anything that requires a lower temperature, aside on the grill at a lower flame if you want to cook something that requires a hotter temperature (like burgers) at the same time.

June 29, 2018

UFCW Statement on the Farm Bill Passing the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) passing the U.S. Senate.

“We support this Farm Bill and are encouraged by the Senate’s ability to place this bill above partisanship where it belongs.

“This is a vital piece of legislation that creates good jobs for hundreds of thousands of American families.

“As this moves to conference, we urge all participants to follow the Senate’s example and work in good faith together to forge a compromise that puts what’s best for hard-working communities above all else.”

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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 27, 2018

UFCW Members Attend Poor People’s Campaign Rally in D.C.

Over 500 UFCW members representing 20 locals from across the country poured into Washington, D.C., for the Poor People’s Campaign “Global Day of Solidarity” rally on June 23 to demand economic and social justice for the nation’s poor. Over the past few weeks, UFCW members rallied at their state capitols as part of the campaign’s “40 Days of Moral Action.”

“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. 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.

UFCW International Marc Perrone spoke at the “Global Day of Solidarity” rally, and introduced activist Cortne Lee Roché, who works as a food service employee at Earth Fare in North Carolina.

“The UFCW union family believes, as the Poor People’s Campaign does, as all of you do, that America can and must work better for all hard-working families,” Perrone said. “And I mean all hard-working families. Right now, broken policies are tearing parents apart from their children at the border and in places like Ohio and Tennessee too…. Make no mistake – the only way for us to stop this and other pains is to stand up, speak out, and stand together.”

“I work at Earth Fare, where together with my coworkers, we are organizing together to build a more inclusive and empowering environment inside our stores,” said Roché. “Faced with the reality of being a trans woman in a transphobic world, I chose to organize with the UFCW union to bring a better life to my family at work as we stand against corporate greed and immorality. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it. Everyone’s got a struggle, but no one should struggle alone. It doesn’t matter where you come from. All that matters is that you are here with us now. Nothing can stop us when we stand as one.”

Here are a few images from the Poor People’s Campaign “Global Day of Solidarity” rally in Washington, D.C.:

June 27, 2018

UFCW Statement on Janus Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31.

“This decision will lead to increased income inequality and needlessly make it more difficult for every hard-working union family to build a better life.

“Unions like ours offer a true path for people to earn higher pay and high-quality benefits that are affordable.

“While the Supreme Court has chosen to ignore the value unions offer and the good we do, we will never stop proving the incredible good that comes to hard-working men and women when they unite together.”

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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 25, 2018

July blockbuster guide and discounts

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29


Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan

Directed By: Stefano Sollima


Uncle Drew

Starring: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller

Directed By: Charles Stone III


WEDNESDAY, JULY 4


The First Purge

Starring: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez

Directed By: Gerard McMurray


FRIDAY, JULY 6


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins

Directed By: Peyton Reed


Sorry to Bother You

Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews

Directed By: Boots Riley


FRIDAY, JULY 13


Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James

Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky


Skyscraper

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han Ng, Noah Taylor

Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber


Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Directed By: Gus Van Sant


Eighth Grade

Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Directed By: Bo Burnham


FRIDAY, JULY 20


Equalizer 2

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo

Directed By: Antoine Fuqua


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard

Directed By: Ol Parker


Blindspotting

Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Directed By: Carlos Lopez Estrada


FRIDAY, JULY 27


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie


Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Starring: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

Directed By: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail


Hot Summer Nights

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, William Fichtner

Directed By: Elijah Bynum

 

 

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.