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July 20, 2018

UFCW Statement on the AG and Legal Workforce Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the AG and Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 6417. This bill creates a new H-2C visa program that will expand the definition of an agricultural guestworker to include meat, poultry, shellfish and other food processing jobs.

“The so-called AG and Legal Workforce Act will destroy American jobs and put the safety of our food supply at significant risk.

“The hard-working people who work in the meat and food processing sectors are highly trained professionals who serve as an extra layer of protection for consumers when it comes to food safety.

“These are vital roles that protect all American families regardless of where they live.

“Allowing untrained visa holders to take on these jobs with zero experience will cut wages and increase the odds of consumers eating contaminated meat.

“This is a bill that both Republicans and Democrats should strongly oppose.”

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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 18, 2018

18 regional hot dog toppings for your union-made cook-out

When you fire up the grill, there’s a good chance your hot dog was made by a UFCW member. Oscar Meyer, Boars Head, Ball Park, Hebrew National and Nathan’s hot dogs are all made by hard working men and women in union-represented processing facilities across America. While the hot dog might be quintessentially American, what you choose to put on 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:

1.) New York City

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.


 2.) Chicago

The possible antithesis to New York dogs, Chicago dogs are layered with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and topped with a dash of celery salt and served in a poppy seed bun.


3.) Atlanta and the South

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


7.) Sonoran Dog

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.


9.) Michigan Coney Island Dog (AKA Michigan Coney)

This favorite of Michiganders features a meaty chili sauce on top of a hot dog with mustard and onion.


10.) West Virginia Dog

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.

 


16.) California

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.

 


17.) Seattle

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.

 


18) Alaska

 

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.

 

July 13, 2018

UFCW members are improving health care jobs

UFCW members in New Jersey, Washington, and Minnesota are celebrating several recent hard-won achievements that are making jobs for health care professionals better one workplace at a time. Having a union contract at work means they have a say in their benefits and working conditions, which not only is better everyone at work, but over time the joint efforts of UFCW members all across the country help raise the standards for everyone in their industries. Well done, UFCW Local 21, 152, and 1189 members!

New Jersey Health Care Workers Ratify First Contract


Members of UFCW Local 152 who work as certified nursing assistants, housekeepers and dietary assistants at Barclays Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, recently ratified their first union contract. This ratification marks the end of a long journey for the workers, who voted to join UFCW Local 152 in April of 2016 and stood together in the face of scheduling conflicts and other hurdles during the negotiation process.

The five-year agreement introduces many new perks for these workers. Perhaps most importantly, these members are no longer “at-will employees” and can only be disciplined or discharged for just cause. Next, seniority (length of service) now matters for times when these members bid on jobs, apply for overtime shift availability or accrue vacation time. The new contract also includes a $15,000 life insurance policy, guaranteed wage increases for the life of the contract, free uniforms (shirts and pants), call-in pay and a modified certified nursing assistant incentive bonus.

Better Contracts for Washington Health Care Workers


On July 3, the last in a series of votes concluded the ratification of new contracts for members of UFCW Local 21 who work for MultiCare Health System in Washington.

Nearly 2,000 members of UFCW Local 21 are covered by these contracts, including professional, technical, service, engineering and clerical workers, as well as licensed practical nurses. By taking action together and with community support, these members won strong contracts that include wage increases, improved language for safer staffing, and more predictable scheduling.

Improving Health Care Jobs in Minnesota


Members of UFCW Local 1189 who work at two Essentia Health clinics and two pharmacies in Minnesota ratified a new contract on June 27 by an overwhelming margin. The clinics are located in Duluth and Proctor and the pharmacies are located in Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Essentia Health is an integrated health care system with facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.

The three-year contract includes significant wage increases, orientation with new union members, payroll deductions for the UFCW Active Ballot Club, and other benefits.

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.