April 5, 2018
Company, union collaboration called a model for the food industry
Dakota Dunes, S.D. — April 5, 2018 — Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) are expanding their collaborative efforts to make workplace safety improvements at the company’s food processing plants and commemorating 30 years of working together for safer workplaces.
The three decades-long partnership is one union leaders call a model for the food industry. It began in 1988, with the launch of a landmark ergonomics program and has evolved to include improvements that have helped reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. While the primary focus has been Tyson Foods’ beef and pork operations, it is now being expanded to the company’s poultry business, which has been accelerating its workplace safety efforts in recent years.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made through our collaboration with the UFCW, and especially the active involvement of frontline team members,” said Steve Stouffer, president of Tyson Fresh Meats. “We know that all of us must remain diligent if we’re to achieve additional improvements.”
“We value the progress we’ve made at Tyson and are looking forward to expanding our partnership to create safer workplaces for all of their hard-working men and women,” said Mark Lauritsen, director of the UFCW’s Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing Division. “Working together with Tyson has meant empowering workers and their union to make a better, safer workplace.”
Examples of the company’s and union’s collaborative efforts include:
- Plant safety audits by management and union representatives
- Ergonomics and safety committees that enable frontline workers and their union to regularly meet with plant management on safety matters
- Empowering frontline workers to stop the production line if a safety or ergonomics issue is detected
- Project “Why Not,” which encourages management and frontline workers and their union to re-evaluate job functions for ergonomic improvement
- Full-time safety and ergonomic “captains” responsible for day-to-day safety and ergonomic monitoring
- “Captains of the Week,” who are workers allowed to leave the production line for one hour every day for a week to gain in depth exposure to safety and ergonomics programs
“We’ve worked hard over the years to create a culture where everyone is comfortable to speak up about safety issues,” said Sherry Louk, a nine-year Tyson Foods veteran and safety captain at the plant in Perry, Iowa. “Because we all want the safest workplace possible, there is an environment of empowerment where we can be honest about safety concerns and fix them before somebody gets hurt. At Tyson, I can say ‘I’ve got your back’ because the company and the union have mine.”
The next step in the company-union relationship is increased focus on the company’s poultry plants, where the UFCW represents workers at 12 locations.
“We value our frontline team members who are crucial to the continued success of our poultry businesses,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry, Tyson Foods. “While we have existing programs to help train and protect our people and give them a voice in the workplace, we look forward to working more closely with the UFCW on additional ways we can improve.”
The UFCW currently represents more than 24,000 people employed by Tyson Foods or its subsidiaries.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 122,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM.
About the UFCW
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.
April 4, 2018
Did you know your UFCW membership gives you access to a number of money saving coupons and discounts? Right now, UFCW members can save up to $20 on TurboTax Federal Products or 15% off at TaxACT.
File early to prevent identity thieves from claiming your refund
If you are the victim of identity theft, waiting until the last minute to file your taxes leaves more time for those who have stolen your identity to claim your refund. Though identity theft on tax returns has been falling in recent years thanks to improved security measures, the threat is still out there and the IRS still encourages filing early. “We tell taxpayers to file as early as they can,” says Cecilia Barreda, IRS spokeswoman, “but not without the supporting forms they need to file an accurate return.”
Confused about the new tax law?
You’re not alone. The new law eliminates numerous tax breaks for 2018 and beyond, but you can still write off those deductions on your 2017 tax forms. One major change from the new law that does affect 2017 returns: You can write off more in unreimbursed medical expenses than the prior law allowed.
File early and research payment options
If you owe money to the IRS, it’s still a good idea to prepare and file your tax return early, though you don’t have to make the payment until the tax deadline.
Knowing the amount you owe before the deadline gives you more time to plan how you’ll pay. You can pay by credit card, but you’ll get hit with a service fee of as much as 1.99 percent of your tax liability. If you pay by debit card, you’ll owe a flat fee, which ranges from $2.58 to $3.95.
On the IRS website, you can find the agency’s list of accepted services that process tax payments by credit or debit card.
UFCW Membership is Tax Deductible
Your membership contributions to the UFCW are tax deductible. The IRS categorizes “union dues” and “initiation fees” under miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21.
Be careful not to confuse your pension contributions with your membership, because pension contributions are not tax deductible. Also, if you have chosen to be an Active Ballot Club (ABC) member, those donations are separate from your membership and go to a special fund for the UFCW’s political advocacy and to passing pro-worker legislation. Not all UFCW members choose to donate to ABC. Those kinds of political activities are not considered tax deductible by the IRS, unlike other non-political donations to charities the UFCW supports like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Faces of Our Children.
The 2% Rule
You can only deduct the amount of combined miscellaneous expenses that exceeds 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). That means if you want to deduct your dues, you probably need to take a look at any other miscellaneous expenses you might have. A good first place to look is if you had any work-related expenses in 2016 that were not reimbursed by your employer.
Miscellaneous expenses that might count towards the 2% rule include:
- Job search expenses, even if you didn’t necessarily get the job.
- Work Clothes and Uniforms.
You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met:
- You must wear them as a condition of your employment.
- The clothes aren’t suitable for everyday wear.
- Protective clothing.
You can deduct the cost of protective clothing required in your work, such as safety shoes or boots, safety glasses, hard hats, and work gloves.
- Repayment of Income Aid Payment
An “income aid payment” is one that is received under an employer’s plan to aid employees who lose their jobs because of lack of work. If you repay a lump-sum income aid payment that you received and included in income in an earlier year, you can deduct the repayment.
- Tools Used in Your Work
Generally, you can deduct amounts you spend for tools used in your work if the tools wear out and are thrown away within 1 year from the date of purchase. You can depreciate the cost of tools that have a useful life substantially beyond the tax year. For more information about depreciation, see IRS Publication 946.
- Tax Preparation Fees that you paid during 2016, even it they were for an earlier tax year.
You can find a full list of eligible miscellaneous itemized deductions in IRS Publication 529 on the IRS website.
For example, if your adjusted gross income in 2016 was $40,000 and your combined miscellaneous expenses totaled $1,300, you can deduct $500 of that, because the other $800 equals 2% of $40,000.
Take Full Advantage of Credits and Tax Breaks
Did you know that only about 20% of those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit actual claim it? That’s a big deal given that it can be worth up to $6,242 for those who qualify. Check out this list from CNBC of the ten most popular tax credits to see if there’s one you may qualify for.
And don’t forget if you have already filed your taxes and forgot to take deductions or credits you should have, you can still file an amendment as long as it’s within the past three years.
April 3, 2018
Looking to further your education? There is still time to apply for the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship.
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.
*UFCW-employed officers and staff, and their immediate families are not eligible for this program.
March 29, 2018
Today marks the start of baseball season! Hard-working UFCW members across the country produce and package a lot of the hot dogs people will chow down on while watching America’s favorite pastime -including the famous Dodger Dog, made by UFCW 770 members. But while baseball and hot dogs might be a national past time, how you like to top your dog can say a lot about where you live.
Here’s some of the most popular regional hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:
New Yorkers eat more hot dogs than any other group in the country. From downtown Manhattan to Coney Island, when you buy your hot dog in the Big Apple, it will come served with steamed onions and a pale, deli-style yellow mustard.
Buying a hot dog at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, or elsewhere in Atlanta and the south, you’ll find your dog topped with coleslaw and perhaps some delicious Vidalia onions.
4.) Kansas City
Get the mints out – you’ll need them when you order up a hot dog in KC as it is served with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese on a sesame seed bun.
5.) The Rockie Dog
Served at Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies – is a foot-long dog with grilled peppers, kraut and onions.
6.) The Fenway Frank
Served at none other than Fenway Park – is the only dog to eat while watching the Red Sox. It’s boiled and grilled and served in a New England style bun with mustard and relish. New England dogs can also be found topped with Boston baked beans
This Southwestern favorite features a grilled, bacon-wrapped hot dog on a sturdy bun, pinto beans, grilled onions and green peppers, chopped fresh tomatoes, relish, tomatillo jalapeno salsa, mayonnaise, mustard and shredded cheese.
8.) The Texas Dog
Chili, cheese and jalapenos make this the favored item at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
This favorite of Michiganders features a meaty chili sauce on top of a hot dog with mustard and onion.
This favorite features chili, mustard and coleslaw atop a wiener on a steamed bun.
11.) New Jersey Dog
A variety of hot dog styles can be found in New Jersey but the one most unique to the state is the Italian Dog. It’s a hot dog in thick pizza bread topped with onions, peppers and deep fried potatoes.
12.) Philadelphia Dog
A classic Philadelphia dog is one of the most interesting ones you’ll find. It features the brotherly love of an all-beef hot dog with a fish cake inside the bun as well. It is often topped with a sweet vinegary slaw and spicy mustard.
13.) Cleveland Polish Boy
Cleveland is home to two unique hot dog offerings. The Polish Boy is a kielbasa or hot dog served on a bun covered with a layer of french fries, a layer of sweet southern style barbecue sauce or hot sauce, and a layer of coleslaw. It is commonly found in carts around town. At Indians games and elsewhere in the city you can also top your hot dog with Stadium Mustard, a type of Brown mustard with similar flavor to a spicy Dijon mustard.
14.) Cincinnati Coney
The home of famous chili is also the home of some delicious chili dogs. These are topped with Cincinnati style chili and usually also feature a heaping mound of grated cheddar cheese on top.
15.) Washington, D.C.
The Nation’s Capital is where you’ll find the half-smoke: a half pork, half beef sausage that is like a hot dog but with more coarsely ground meat and a little extra spice. A classic half-smoke is topped with chili, mustard and onions. You can find them in hot dog joints around the city as well as at Nationals Park.
There are many different hot dog varieties sold throughout the state of California, but the one most unique to the state is a bacon wrapped dog with grilled onions and peppers. These are favorites from carts around Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Seattle dog offers a topping twist not found in many places around the country…cream cheese. The hot dogs are split in half and grilled before being put in a toasted bun and are also topped with grilled onions. Sriracha sauce and jalapeños are popular additions as well.
True to its roots in the far north, the Alaska dog is commonly called a Reindeer hot dog or sausage, but it isn’t actually made from reindeer meat. Instead the meat is typically caribou. The hot dog is served in a steamed bun with grilled onions that are sometimes sautéed in coca-cola.
March 28, 2018
March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus on healthy eating and and proper nutrition. We’ve been sharing helpful tips from the USDA’s MyPlate program. For more on the MyPlate program and to find more healthy recipes, fun activities, and meal planning materials, go to www.choosemyplate.gov.
According to the USDA MyPlate Guide, the healthy number of calories a preschooler needs are:
|AGE||SEX||DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY||CALORIE LEVEL OF FOOD PLAN|
|2 yrs||Boys and Girls||Any level||1000 calories|
|3 yrs||Boys||Less than 30 minutes||1200 calories|
|30-60 minutes, More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|
|Girls||Less than 30 minutes||1000 calories|
|30-60 minutes||1200 calories|
|More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|
|4-5 yrs||Boys and Girls||Less than 30 minutes||1200 calories|
|30-60 minutes||1400 calories|
|Boys||More than 60 minutes||1600 calories|
|Girls||More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|
Getting Older Children Involved
You may need some patience when first getting your young chef familiar with the kitchen, but the long-term benefits will pay off as it provides a good opportunity to teach about healthy eating and the importance of sharing household duties.
Here’s a few tips from the MyPlate program to help get young chefs involved:
1.) Create a yogurt sundae!
Top plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, like bananas, strawberries, or peaches. Sprinkle whole-grain cereal on top for crunch.
2.) Make pita pockets
Stuff a small whole-wheat pita with sliced bell peppers, salsa, and a slice of low-fat cheese. Melt in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
3.) Jazz up your favorite cereal
Make a trail mix! Stir 1/4 cup of unsalted nuts, 1/4 cup of dried raisins or cranberries, and 1/4 cup of whole-grain cereal together.
4.) Make a fruit sandwich
Cut an apple into thin slices. Spread peanut butter or almond butter between two slices to create “apple sandwiches.”
5.) Dip your veggies
Create veggie treats by dipping slices of cucumbers, peppers, and carrots in a low-fat salad dressing or hummus.
6.) Pack an afterschool snack
For a healthy afterschool snack, keep a fruit cup packed in 100% juice or water in your bag. Some fresh fruit, like bananas and oranges, are also easy to pack and eat any time.
You don’t have to wait for a party to make these “party pinwheels.” The bite sized sandwich roll ups also make great snacks.
7.) Try a piece of cheesy toast!
Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread and top with a slice of your favorite low-fat cheese.
8.) Freeze your fruit
For a frozen treat on hot days, try freezing grapes or bananas! Don’t forget to peel bananas and pull grapes from the stem before freezing.
9.) Power up with ‘roll-ups’
Roll a slice of low-salt deli turkey or ham around an apple wedge or around a slice of low-fat cheese.
10.) Build a fruit salad
Mix your favorite sliced fruits such as pineapple, grapes, and melon.
March 23, 2018
How it Works
AT&T is the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier. When you choose AT&T, you support the nearly 150,000 union members employed there.
Go to the AT&T Union Member site and enroll in the Union Member Discount Program.
Visit your neighborhood AT&T store and show them your union ID and the discount code: 3508840.
Interested in more discounts for UFCW members? Check out MyUFCW.org.
March 20, 2018
On March 25, 1911, one of the deadliest disasters in New York’s history unfolded over the span of 15 tragic minutes as fire tore through the Triangle shirtwaist factory. One hundred forty-six people, mostly young women and girls, and many of them recent immigrants, died in the fire, unable to escape through the doors that management regularly locked to prevent workers from leaving.
Prior to the fire, the women who worked at Triangle Waist Company had already tried to organize and improve conditions at the factory.
A massive strike by women’s shirtwaist makers in 1909, known as the Uprising of 20,000, began with a spontaneous walkout at the company. For years, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) had been actively trying to organize the New York garment industry and address poor working conditions and low pay. While the union was able to negotiate a contract covering most of those workers after a four-month strike where women were regularly beaten and arrested, Triangle Shirtwaist refused to sign the agreement, leaving workers unprotected.
Dora Maisler was a sample maker on the eighth floor of the Asch Building survivor of the 1911 fire. She was interviewed by Sigmund Arywitz, former California State Commissioner of Labor in April 12, 1957:
“Well, the only thing I can tell when we were on strike, we weren’t allowed to picket so we used to go with tools, in our sleeves. It was a regular Korean War. So they put out – that’s right. They – you know we weren’t allowed to picket at that time.
So they put out plain street walkers, who used to fight us. So then we – we took off – we made the – the cutters helped us picket. So the bosses put out – put out gangsters to fight us and that was the practice.”
Listen to Triangle Factory fire survivor Dora Maisler recount the fire in her own words or read the transcript:
Remembering the Victims of the Fire
- Adler, Lizzie, 24
- Altman, Anna, 16
- Ardito, Annina, 25
- Bassino, Rose, 31
- Benanti, Vincenza, 22
- Berger, Yetta, 18
- Bernstein, Essie, 19
- Bernstein, Jacob, 38
- Bernstein, Morris, 19
- Billota, Vincenza, 16
- Binowitz, Abraham, 30
- Birman, Gussie, 22
- Brenman, Rosie, 23
- Brenman, Sarah, 17
- Brodsky, Ida, 15
- Brodsky, Sarah, 21
- Brucks, Ada, 18
- Brunetti, Laura, 17
- Cammarata, Josephine, 17
- Caputo, Francesca, 17
- Carlisi, Josephine, 31
- Caruso, Albina, 20
- Ciminello, Annie, 36
- Cirrito, Rosina, 18
- Cohen, Anna, 25
- Colletti, Annie, 30
- Cooper, Sarah, 16
- Cordiano , Michelina, 25
- Dashefsky, Bessie, 25
- Del Castillo, Josie, 21
- Dockman, Clara, 19
- Donick, Kalman, 24
- Driansky, Nettie, 21
- Eisenberg, Celia, 17
- Evans, Dora, 18
- Feibisch, Rebecca, 20
- Fichtenholtz, Yetta, 18
- Fitze, Daisy Lopez, 26
- Floresta, Mary, 26
- Florin, Max, 23
- Franco, Jenne, 16
- Friedman, Rose, 18
- Gerjuoy, Diana, 18
- Gerstein, Molly, 17
- Giannattasio, Catherine, 22
- Gitlin, Celia, 17
- Goldstein, Esther, 20
- Goldstein, Lena, 22
- Goldstein, Mary, 18
- Goldstein, Yetta, 20
- Grasso, Rosie, 16
- Greb, Bertha, 25
- Grossman, Rachel, 18
- Herman, Mary, 40
- Hochfeld, Esther, 21
- Hollander, Fannie, 18
- Horowitz, Pauline, 19
- Jukofsky, Ida, 19
- Kanowitz, Ida, 18
- Kaplan, Tessie, 18
- Kessler, Beckie, 19
- Klein, Jacob, 23
- Koppelman, Beckie, 16
- Kula, Bertha, 19
- Kupferschmidt, Tillie, 16
- Kurtz, Benjamin, 19
- L’Abbate, Annie, 16
- Lansner, Fannie, 21
- Lauletta, Maria Giuseppa, 33
- Lederman, Jennie, 21
- Lehrer, Max, 18
- Lehrer, Sam, 19
- Leone, Kate, 14
- Leventhal, Mary, 22
- Levin, Jennie, 19
- Levine, Pauline, 19
- Liebowitz, Nettie, 23
- Liermark, Rose, 19
- Maiale, Bettina, 18
- Maiale, Frances, 21
- Maltese, Catherine, 39
- Maltese, Lucia, 20
- Maltese, Rosaria, 14
- Manaria, Maria, 27
- Mankofsky, Rose, 22
- Mehl, Rose, 15
- Meyers, Yetta, 19
- Midolo, Gaetana, 16
- Miller, Annie, 16
- Neubauer, Beckie, 19
- Nicholas, Annie, 18
- Nicolosi, Michelina, 21
- Nussbaum, Sadie, 18
- Oberstein, Julia, 19
- Oringer, Rose, 19
- Ostrovsky , Beckie, 20
- Pack, Annie, 18
- Panno, Provindenza, 43
- Pasqualicchio, Antonietta, 16
- Pearl, Ida, 20
- Pildescu, Jennie, 18
- Pinelli, Vincenza, 30
- Prato, Emilia, 21
- Prestifilippo, Concetta, 22
- Reines, Beckie, 18
- Rosen (Loeb), Louis, 33
- Rosen, Fannie, 21
- Rosen, Israel, 17
- Rosen, Julia, 35
- Rosenbaum, Yetta, 22
- Rosenberg, Jennie, 21
- Rosenfeld, Gussie, 22
- Rothstein, Emma, 22
- Rotner, Theodore, 22
- Sabasowitz, Sarah, 17
- Salemi, Santina, 24
- Saracino, Sarafina, 25
- Saracino, Teresina, 20
- Schiffman, Gussie, 18
- Schmidt, Theresa, 32
- Schneider, Ethel, 20
- Schochet, Violet, 21
- Schpunt, Golda, 19
- Schwartz, Margaret, 24
- Seltzer, Jacob, 33
- Shapiro, Rosie, 17
- Sklover, Ben, 25
- Sorkin, Rose, 18
- Starr, Annie, 30
- Stein, Jennie, 18
- Stellino, Jennie, 16
- Stiglitz, Jennie, 22
- Taback, Sam, 20
- Terranova, Clotilde, 22
- Tortorelli, Isabella, 17
- Utal, Meyer, 23
- Uzzo, Catherine, 22
- Velakofsky, Frieda, 20
- Viviano, Bessie, 15
- Weiner, Rosie, 20
- Weintraub, Sarah, 17
- Weisner, Tessie, 21
- Welfowitz, Dora, 21
- Wendroff, Bertha, 18
- Wilson, Joseph, 22
- Wisotsky, Sonia, 17
March 14, 2018
UFCW Featured on DealCrunch.com:
UFCW Fights to Improve the Pay and Quality of Life for the Workers Who Bring Value to Retailers and Customers
The members of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union play an often-overlooked role in our daily lives.
Take Super Bowl Sunday for instance. UFCW members work in the industries that provide some of the most popular items on the menus at parties across the country: Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, the Heinz Ketchup for those hot dogs, the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for the chicken wings, and they even sell the avocados for the guacamole. The Jim Beam for the whiskey and Cokes came from a distillery whose workers are represented by the UFCW, and members made the leather for the footballs used in the game.
“Our members are behind the scenes in all these daily interactions and moments in people’s lives, from the Super Bowl to Christmas,” UFCW Communications Director Erikka Knuti said.
In addition to featuring the hard work UFCW members do and the value they have to offer, DealCrunch also highlighted a number of the education opportunities available to UFCW members and their family members:
Programs Help Prepare Members Through Education & Skills Training
In the modern workplace, businesses and employees both face a significant challenge in managing rapid change. And while companies allocate resources for change in the form of equipment or technology, preparing workers for an evolving workplace is often an afterthought.
The UFCW has introduced multiple programs to help members adapt to changes and progress in their careers and personal lives.
Free College for Career Advancement Opportunities
UFCW members and their families — spouses, domestic partners, children, stepchildren, and grandchildren — receive free tuition toward an online associate’s degree from Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio. The arrangement covers all fees and ebooks for courses.
The free tuition program initially started with local labor unions in Ohio that recognized cost was the single biggest barrier to finishing college.
Finance, marketing, early childhood education, criminal justice, and accounting are among the degree programs available.
Erikka said in one particular case, the opportunity to pursue an early childhood education degree benefited both a UFCW member and the retail store where she works.
“She is taking early childhood development classes and gaining expertise while working in the baby aisle at her store,” Erikka said.
GED Courses to Help Workers Finish High School
Across the country, many frontline retail and grocery store workers drop out of high school to get a job and help support their families. Erikka said a new UFCW initiative is designed to help them.
“We’re about to roll out a program for people who didn’t finish high school to get their GED,” she said.
A GED will help workers meet qualifications for additional positions and open the door to pursuing an associate’s degree through the free tuition program at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Language Training to Improve Customer Service
English as a second language programs are also available to help UFCW workers better serve customers and advance in their careers. The UFCW will soon offer Spanish as a second language programs as well.
The skills that members learn through language courses will only add to their value in a retail setting, Erikka said.
“It all goes back to the value our members can offer a company,” she said. “The fact that they are taking early childhood development classes to better work in the baby products aisle and are interested in taking Spanish as a second language to better help customers, that is something that should be valued.”
Are you a UFCW member interested in learning more about these discounts and educational opportunities?
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March 13, 2018
With temperatures warming up and spring just around the corner, March is the perfect time of year to get a fresh start and refocus on eating right and getting healthy.
Balancing work and busy family schedules can already feel overwhelming at times and for many, healthy eating and proper nutrition can be one of the first things that suffers. But eating healthier foods doesn’t have to be a chore. Meal prep and cooking can be a fun way to spend quality time with our loved ones.
What foods are important to your family’s heritage?
Is there a recipe you remember from your grandmother? Food you ate growing up that you have fond memories of? By cooking these foods with your family, you help pass on important traditions. If the foods are fried or high in sugar, can you bake it instead or use substitutions to put a healthier twist on the recipe and make it your own?
Make a plan before you shop.
It’s easy to get distracted at the grocery store or overwhelmed by options. Plan out the meals you’ll be cooking ahead of time and shop with a list. You’ll cut down on food waste and avoid impulse buying unhealthy foods.
Get kids excited about vegetables by growing them.
Even if you don’t have room or time for a garden, try growing some herbs in a pot. Seeing the effort that goes into growing food and having the satisfaction of eating something they grew themselves can really help get kids involved and more interested in their fruits and vegetables.
March 8, 2018
The month of March marks Women’s History Month, and March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, a day with roots in the American labor movement and the struggles of working women.
The article, “Don’t forget what International Women’s Day is really about – striking,“ that ran in The Independent, recently featured the origins of the day and it’s ties to women workers organizing for better working conditions and fair treatment:
It was in 1857, that on 8 March in New York City, garments workers went on strike. Suffering horrific conditions, endless hours and low pay, they took to the streets demanding better money and working conditions. Dispersed after being attacked by police, the women continued to fight and from their movement the first women’s labour unions were established.
In the early 20th century, their movement blossomed. New York City’s streets again saw women march demanding shorter hours, better pay, an end to child labour and the right to vote in 1908. Leading labour organisers sought to strengthen the movement internationally. At the Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 1910, Clara Zetkin asked over 100 women from 17 countries – representing unions, socialist parties and women’s working clubs – to pass a motion for an International Working Women’s Day. They did so, unanimously, and the so International Women’s Day was born.
To honor the sacrifices made by working women to improve working conditions and secure stability, equality, and independence, we wanted to show a few snapshots of ordinary, working women from our own UFCW history. These moments captured in time speak to the unsung efforts made by women over the past century to ensure Americans could put food on their table, even in times of war. To learn more, read the Women In Labor History Primer.
All photos except the Local 183 photo are from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collection “Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America records, 1903-1980.”