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March 1, 2019

UFCW Statement on Amazon Plan to Open New Grocer Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone released the following statement in response to news that Amazon will be launching a new grocery chain.

“Make no mistake, Amazon’s new and ruthless supermarket strategy is its latest salvo bent on destroying good American jobs to enrich one billionaire – Jeff Bezos.

“Amazon isn’t about providing better food or customer service, and it certainly is not about fair competition. Launching this grocery chain is an aggressive expansion of Amazon’s market power as it seeks to fundamentally change our country’s food retail and service economy while eliminating as many retail workers as possible.

“It is time that Republicans and Democrats realize that Amazon’s predatory business model is wrong for this nation and will needlessly destroy millions of jobs in every state in this country. Our leaders need to stop fawning over Jeff Bezos’ wealth and wake up to the serious threat Amazon’s business model poses to consumers, the economy, and our society.”

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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 28, 2019

UFCW members save 15% with AT&T

AT&T is the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier. When you choose AT&T, you support the nearly 150,000 union members employed there.


Why Should UFCW Members Choose AT&T?

  • Exclusive Wireless Discounts
    Save 15% on the monthly service charge of qualified wireless plans 1, 20% on select accessories 2, and get waived activation fees3 on select devices for new lines of service from AT&T.
  • Endorsed by Union Members 
    Over 97% of union members surveyed say that they would recommend the AT&T Signature Program Discounts through Union Plus.4
  • Union Strength, Union Solidarity 
    AT&T employs more than 150,000 members of the Communication Workers of America.

How to Start Saving

Whether you’re already an AT&T customer or are switching from another provider, taking advantage of the AT&T wireless discounts for union members is as easy:

1. Find a Store.

Find your local AT&T store.

2. Download the Coupon.

Download the Union Plus AT&T Coupon.

3. Head to your Local AT&T Store

Take your coupon to an AT&T store, along with your union ID§ and Discount Code 3508840 to start saving!


§ Must provide acceptable proof of union membership such as a membership card from your local union, a pay stub showing dues deduction or the Union Plus Member Discount Card.

15% Service discount not available on AT&T Unlimited Plans.

February 27, 2019

Black History Month Spotlight: Albert Arnoux of Local 342

For UFCW Local 342 member Albert Arnoux, every month is Black History Month.

Albert Arnoux“Black History Month means prestige and success coming from where black people have come from,” he said. “Achieving success is what Black History Month is to me. It’s more than just one month. I celebrate black history every month.”

Arnoux works as a meat cutter at Stop & Shop in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a member of UFCW local 342 for 27 years. He has also served as a steward for 14 years, a role he assumed because he was inspired by another steward.

“As a steward, I like helping my colleagues have a better future,” he said.

Arnoux has spent decades in the grocery industry, and worked at ShopRite, Gristedes, A&P and Pathmark before it was acquired by Stop & Shop. He started off as a meat wrapper and was promoted to a meat cutter early on in his career.

Arnoux reflected on his 27 years as a UFCW member. “Being a member of the UFCW is about job protection and brotherhood—something people don’t have if they’re not part of a union,” he said.

February 25, 2019

UFCW Statement on DACA Case at DC Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently heard oral arguments on the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is one of the leading organizations bringing the suit. Following oral arguments, UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“Protecting young people who make our country better every day, and who earned the right to live here, is what DACA is and must be about. The victory in the District Court was a victory for the better and more just America that all of us, regardless of party or politics, must believe in. It is absolutely critical that the D.C. Circuit Court do the right, legally and morally, and uphold this decision.

“Even as the legal battle to fix our broken immigration system continues, we urge our elected leaders to find a bipartisan solution and end the nightmare of uncertainty for DACA recipients and TPS holders.” 

The UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers in many industries impacted by DACA, joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as co-plaintiffs on the suit led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and brought against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Attorney General, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in September 2017.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector unions 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 19, 2019

UFCW Member Spotlight: Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward’s story was originally featured on the UFCW Local 227 Facebook page:

Kelly Ward has been a member with UFCW Local 227 since 2012. When she isn’t putting in hours at Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro, KY, she is running her own business.

UFCW Local 227 member Kelly WardMil’s Dairy Drive-In has been a family business for over twenty-five years. In October 2017, Kelly and her husband took the reins. The drive-in has been known for its dedication to the community but most recently Kelly and her husband have gotten more involved.

During the recent three day school shutdown from snow, Kelly realized that some kids who benefit from the backpack meal program would be lacking from the long break.

They decided to donate pizzas to the Whitesville PTO board to help distribute them. It’s community awareness like this that shows the love and dedication she has for those around her.

“I get joy from giving back to the community!” says Ward.

February 15, 2019

Organizing Is “InStyle” With Local 770 Member

More than 7,000 pork ribs are cut in a 4-hour shift –about 30 ribs per minute– at the Farmer John’s pork processing plant in Vernon, California. UFCW 770 member, Rina Chavarria, and her co-workers in the rib conversion department work diligently to meet the production’s fast-paced demand. Despite performing a physical taxing job, Rina still finds energy and extra time to organize and represent her co-workers as a union shop steward. She was recently featured in the “badass women” series of InStyle magazine.

Roughly 1,200 UFCW 770 union members work at the Vernon Farmer John hog slaughterhouse, which is owned by Smithfield Foods. They produce bacon and other pork products, including the famous “Dodger Dog” hot dog that many people enjoy. Rina Chavarria has worked at Farmer John for 5 years.  She shares her thoughts about her experience:

“I feel good that I was considered for this story. Very often, people don’t realize that as working women we are on our own working to provide for our children and to be able to help them succeed in life,” says Rina who has two children Cynthia,18 and Marco, 10. “I teach my children to be fighters. I tell them to dream big and fight for those dreams. And to be good people,” she says. For her, being featured in an InStyle article was “an acknowledgment of us women who are hardworking people and who don’t chicken out,” she points out laughing.

“I really enjoyed the experience of doing the photo shoot and the interview. It was a very nice, new experience. I also liked it because I had the opportunity to meet other women from different industries such as farm workers, caregivers, and hotel workers.”

Rina Chavarria has been a member of the UFCW 770 bargaining committee since 2016 when she was actively engaged in contract negotiations. Last year, she became a shop steward within the plant. She was also involved in the bargaining sessions of 2018 when union members won a union contract that included wage increases, affordable healthcare, and union security. The contract also secures protections and other benefits.

“Being a UFCW 770 member represents a great value to me because I have the opportunity to be a voice for my co-workers. I’m involved in the Union to help my co-workers as much as I can. As a shop steward I’m more aware of the problems that my co-workers face in the plant, so I to try to find a way to resolve them. I love helping my co-workers. That’s why I enjoy being a Union steward. And I really like defending my rights and the rights of my co-workers.”

“Being a shop steward empowers me because the bosses look at me differently, and people in the plant look at me differently. I don’t know, you feel kind of important when your co-worker comes to you and asks you for advice or asks you for help. When I’m able to help them, I feel great satisfaction,” she adds.

Last year, Rina completed a 3-day health and safety training and she also represented her local at a UFCW International’s Packinghouse chain meeting in Nebraska. She is always eager to collaborate with her union to make sure her fellow workers at Farmer John have respect, dignity and a voice on the job.

February 14, 2019

UFCW Statement on Amazon Canceling NYC Location

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone released the following statement in response to Amazon’s decision to withdraw their plan to establish a new campus in New York City:

“Amazon showed its true colors today and every American should be outraged. Jeff Bezos had the opportunity to listen to the voices of working families and support the good-paying jobs New Yorkers deserve.

“But now we can see this is all about blind greed and Jeff Bezos’ belief that everyday taxpayers should foot the bill for their new headquarters even as the company actively works to eliminate millions of American retail jobs.

“No company that refuses to invest in hardworking men and women should be allowed to stuff their pockets with taxpayer-funded subsidies. Make no mistake, this fight has only begun.”


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 11, 2019

UFCW Charity Foundation now accepting applications for 2019

Looking to further your education? The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship is now accepting applications from UFCW members and their families for the 2019 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.

Apply Now >>>

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

February 11, 2019

UFCW Members Make Valentine’s Day Happen

From making chocolates to prepping floral arrangements, UFCW members have been busy making sure you have everything you need to make a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Sweets for your sweetheart

When you give a box of See’s Candies, Ghiradelli chocolates or Hershey’s kisses, know they taste a little sweeter because they are made with love by talented union members.

UFCW members who make See’s Candies craft each chocolate confection by hand. More care and expertise is needed than you might think to make sure each piece comes out just right. The Food Network’s Tyler Florence received a warm welcome from UFCW Local 5 members at the See’s Candy Factory in South San Francisco and got a peek at how these Valentine’s Day Treats are made:

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days at See’s, when anywhere from 200 to 600 customers are expected to come through a store. Many people look forward all year to seasonal favorites like the See’s Hot Hearts, which are only available around Valentine’s Day.


Need help with your bouquet?

The UFCW also represents florists at union grocery stores all across the country. Michelle is a florist at Kroger in Texas, where she enjoys creating the perfect floral arrangements and bouquets to help brighten someone’s day. She recently shared how to properly arrange a bouquet in a vase, but if you still need some help, just ask your local union florist and they’ll be happy to share their expertise with you.


Enjoy some bubbly

UFCW Local 186D members in California make sparkling wine that is perfect for Valentine’s Day champagne cocktails. Try a classic cocktail recipe, like a French 75 or a Cherub’s Cup, and impress your loved one with your mixology skills. Champagne cocktails are a great way to enjoy something fancy for special occasions without breaking the bank.

Andre Champagne JFJ Champagne Tott's Champagne Wycliff Champagne

Cherub’s Cup

1 part elderflower liqueur
2 parts vodka or gin
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
1 part muddled strawberry
Rosé sparkling wine

Directions:
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add chopped strawberries and muddle.
2. Add all ingredients aside from the rosé sparkling wine and shake vigorously until well chilled.
3. Strain into cocktail glasses filled with ice and top with a splash of the sparkling wine.
4. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

February 8, 2019

UFCW Statement on Amazon Reconsidering NYC Location

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone released the following statement in response to a new report that Amazon is reconsidering its plan to establish a new campus in New York City.

“It is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town. Multibillion-dollar corporations and billionaires like Jeff Bezos should not be threatening New Yorkers or expect any American taxpayers to foot the bill for opening a new headquarters – whether it’s in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, or anywhere else. Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon’s entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs? The last thing we, as taxpayers, should ever be asked to pay for is the destruction of our own 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.