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October 25, 2017

Discounts for Scary Movies

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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.

 

October 11, 2017

UFCW to USDA: Keep Line Speed Limits at Poultry Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, sent a letter to the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Carmen Rottenberg, explaining why a recent petition by the National Chicken Council to eliminate line speeds at poultry plants poses a dangerous risk to American families. 

President Perrone’s letter can be read below.

Dear Madam Acting Deputy Undersecretary Rottenberg:

With the health and safety of over 250,000 thousand hard-working poultry workers in mind, 70,000 of whom are members of our union family, we write to urge you to reject a petition submitted by the National Chicken Council (NCC) to run food processing lines with no speed limits.

This petition, submitted to you in early September, would allow select poultry plants to run their lines with no speed limits, endangering both workers and consumers. Even more troubling is that this petition essentially requests that USDA create this new “no speed limit” rule behind closed doors with no opportunity for notice and comment by the public as the regulatory process requires.

As you must know, poultry workers hold some of the most dangerous and difficult jobs in America. The implications of this rule change are striking, for example:

  • Industry statistics show poultry workers are at twice the risk of being injured on the job compared to other workers and suffer illnesses at a rate that is seven times as high.
  • A 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office showed that forcing lines to move faster will expose poultry workers to higher rates of injuries and illnesses.
  • Increased line speeds will also make it harder for both federal inspectors and quality control workers to properly check birds for contamination that could make consumers sick.

Given the facts noted above, the petition from the NCC clearly poses a dangerous risk to American families.

When the USDA chose not to raise line speed limits for poultry plants in 2014, there was large public interest in the open and transparent process (which we participated in) that ensured all perspectives on this proposed modification were heard – including those of the NCC. A wide array of people and interests, from workers on poultry lines to experts across the country, agreed then as they do now that faster line speeds will make this industry dramatically less safe, both for workers and consumers.

For the sake of keeping hard-working families safe – whether they’re preparing, buying, or eating chicken – the USDA must reject this petition.

Sincerely,

Anthony “Marc” Perrone

International President

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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 5, 2017

UFCW Member Spotlight: Cameron Dyar, Shorewood Metro Market

“I’m a cashier. I really like this job. It’s my second job. The pay was $7.50 at my old store, so I thought ‘let’s try Metro Market.'”

Cameron is leaving the job to finish his last year of high school. He hopes to take a year off and travel after high school and figure out what it is he wants to do.

“Here and with the union, people treat me with respect and talk to me like an adult. I know I’m young, but I’m not stupid. That can be a problem some places and people will talk to like you’re a kid. But not here.  All the people I’ve met from the union are really nice and treat me like an equal.”

Cameron Dyar, UFCW Local 1473
Cashier at Shorewood Metro Market for 3 months
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 2, 2017

Tips from the pros: what to do with that spiky melon in the grocery store

Maia Dubar, a UFCW Local 919 member and Stop & Shop produce clerk in Connecticut, is back again with tips about how to pick out and enjoy kiwano melon, starfruit, and kiwi in the UFCW’s’ new “how to” video.

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September 26, 2017

UFCW Local 770 helps members navigate DACA renewal process

On Sept. 23, UFCW Local 770, in partnership with the UFCW Civil Rights and Community Action Department, Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, and Central American Resource Center, held a workshop to assist members with the application process for the two-year Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals.

The workshop, which was held at the Ricardo F. Icaza Workers Center in Huntington Park, California, is part of UFCW Local 770’s effort to provide financial assistance so that qualified union members can renew their DACA applications before the October 5, 2017 deadline.

“I feel very happy and very appreciative for this opportunity,” said Silvia, a young DACA recipient and daughter of a UFCW Local 770 member, who attended the workshop. “It relieves me of a lot of stress because the renewal was pretty expensive.”

“They helped us with the immigration fee and completing the application process. They pretty much helped with everything,” she added.

Once renewing her work permit through DACA, Silvia plans to attend medical school. “I’m very excited about being able to renew my status, to continue working and try to go back to school,” she said.

According to President Trump’s announcement made on Sept. 5, the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications from people who don’t already have DACA. People who already have DACA, and whose work permits expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for a two-year renewal if their application is received by October 5, 2017.

Additional information about UFCW Local 770’s DACA program is available here.