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October 11, 2018

Winterizing your vehicle? Take advantage of winter tire discounts

Discount Goodyear Tires & Car Services – Treat your car well and save with a Union Plus Goodyear Coupon!

Regular auto maintenance and new tire purchases from Goodyear help stretch the longevity and value of your vehicle. Use the Union Plus Goodyear Discount Coupon for tires and services, to keep your car in good shape and save money – while also supporting your fellow labor union members.

Through an agreement with the company-owned Goodyear Auto Service or Just Tires, Union Plus Goodyear discount Goodyear tire deals and car service savings are now available exclusively to union members – call the store to make sure they will honor the Goodyear discount. Not every store that sells Goodyear tires is a company-owned store. You will need to provide Union Member ID and a copy of the coupon to get the discount.

Valid forms of ID

  • Union member card
  • Paycheck showing dues deduction
  • Union Plus MasterCard

Print this Goodyear coupon (PDF)* and take it to a participating store below.

Click on the following links to find a participating tire center near you:

Before going to the dealer, call to make sure they will honor the Goodyear coupon. Non-company-owned Goodyear stores are not required to honor the coupon.

*The Goodyear coupon is a PDF file. If you do not already have Acrobat installed, you can download a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

October 9, 2018

UFCW OUTreach Offers Member Scholarships to attend the Creating Change Conference in Detroit, MI on January 23-27, 2019

OUTreach, the UFCW constituency group for LGBTQ+ and allies, is offering five scholarships to our union members to attend the 2019 Creating Change Conference in Detroit, Michigan from January 23-27.  Creating Change Conference is organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. It is the foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills and share victories.  Scholarship recipients will learn from a broad range of social justice issues and develop skills to bring back to their workplaces and local unions.  Past session topics include labor, gender equality, community organizing, criminal justice, immigration and more.

OUTreach Executive Board members have participated as one of the leading workshop presenters, putting our union, UFCW, as a key advocate for the working class and a key voice on labor issues at this conference.  In a time where the labor movement and everything we have fought for is under attack, OUTreach’s dedication to organizing social and economic justice for all workers and ensuring full equality for LGBTQ+ workers at work and in their union reflects our union’s commitment to building a resilient working class that is not divided by hate.

Providing these scholarships to UFCW members is a crucial step in recruiting and developing our own rank-and-file leadership within our union and in the broader movement.  It is with this vision in mind that OUTreach offers five scholarships to UFCW members to join our contingent at next year’s conference.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about OUTreach, please contact Michele Kessler at 610-513-9927 or Jean Tong at 213-590-7177.


OUTreach Scholarship Application
Details and Instructions

What: Creating Change Conference
When: January 23-27, 2019
Where: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Scholarship includes:

  • Conference Registration Fee
  • Hotel and Meals
  • Transportation

Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be an active UFCW member.
  2. Applicant must be able to take time off to attend the conference in its entirety.
    1. Arriving at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI, no later than 9am on January 23 and leaving the hotel no sooner than 12pm on January 27.
  3. Applicant must submit a short paragraph to answer the following:
    1. What does being a union member/activist/shop steward mean to you?
    2. Why are you interested in attending this conference, what do you hope to get from this experience?
    3. Please share an example of you standing up for yourself or others.
  4. Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her/their local union. (Please see attached form)
  5. Deadline to submit: Wednesday, November 7th 2018 to Michele Kessler at MKessler@ufcw1776.org and Jean Tong at tong@ufcw770.org
  6. Scholarship Announcement: Wednesday, November 21st 2018

To apply, download the application here:

UFCW OUTreach Creating Change Conference Scholarships 2019 (English)
La solicitud de beca de Outreach 2019 (español)

October 4, 2018

“If I didn’t have my union coverage, I’d have to wait in line for weeks for charity options.”

Sharon, UFCW Local 1000 member

Sharon is a UFCW Local 1000 member. She was diagnosed with cancer within weeks of qualifying for enrollment in her UFCW sponsored health and welfare plan. She describes it as a blessing.

“The insurance was great and worked well with my doctors at OU. I got into treatment immediately, the week after my diagnosis. If I didn’t have my union coverage, I’d have to wait in line for weeks for charity options.”

Sharon is in remission and back at work Assistant Bakery/Deli Manager at HAC Cash Saver 188 in Guthrie, Texas.

Thank you for sharing your story, Sharon! If you are a UFCW member with a story to tell about how being a union member has made your life better, we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

October 4, 2018

UFCW Statement on Amazon Warehouse Workers Losing Bonuses and Stock Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding news that Amazon warehouse workers will no longer be eligible to receive monthly bonuses and stock awards after the company increases their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“Rather than receiving the raise they deserve, many Amazon warehouse workers will now see lower pay. That’s not just disappointing, it’s wrong.

“And hiding among all of this news about a minimum wage increase is the fact that Amazon’s rapid pursuit of automation will likely result in millions of lost jobs.

“For the economic health of our country, more must be done by both political parties to confront Amazon’s growing influence and impact.” 

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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 2, 2018

Halloween wouldn’t be the same without these 15 tasty union-made treats

As the ghosts and ghouls come out this Halloween, keep your eyes peeled for some of our favorite union-made treats. UFCW members as well as our brothers and sisters of the BCTGM union have been hard at work making sure there’s plenty of sweets for all those trick-or-treaters.


1.) Hershey’s Nuggets / Kisses

Hershey candy


2.) Kit Kat


3.) Butterfinger*


4.) Baby Ruth*


5.) Smarties


6.) Jawbreakers

 


7.) Sour Patch Kids


8.) Tootsie Rolls


9.) York Peppermint Patties


10.) Jolly Ranchers


11.) Bit-O-Honey


12.) Mary Jane Peanut Butter Chews


13.) Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares


14.) Jelly Belly Candy Corn


15.) Red Vines


*some made in Mexico. Check packaging for country of origin.

October 1, 2018

UFCW Statement on USMCA Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding news that the United States, Mexico and Canada reached an agreement (USMCA) to change parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement that excludes Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). COOL requires meat sold at retail to have a label informing consumers of the country where the product was sourced.

“A trade agreement without COOL is terrible for sustainable jobs and food safety.

“Every hard-working family deserves to know where their food comes from.

“Keeping this information hidden endangers our health and destroys middle class meat processing jobs across our country.

“We urge the U.S. Trade Representative to do the right thing and take immediate steps to ensure COOL is included in a final agreement.”

BACKGROUND: 

The top five meat producing states that would benefit from COOL are Iowa, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas.

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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.

September 27, 2018

Member Spotlight: “I want other members to know as long as you go out there and try, there’s no way you’re going to fail. “

I want other members to know as long as you go out there and try, there’s no way you’re going to fail. You just have to try and keep trying. Do it for yourself, not just for your children. This is an opportunity to further your education and ready yourself for the future. 
  • Brooke Anne Phillips, UFCW member

Apply by October 12th to enroll in the fall semester.

One of the benefits of UFCW membership is access to a free college degree. It’s UFCW’s mission to give you every advantage to get ahead. That’s why we’ve partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College. Through the UFCW Free College benefit, you and your family members can now earn an associate degree completely online–for FREE.

Eastern Gateway is an accredited community college, a member of the University System of Ohio, and is one of the fastest-growing public colleges in the country. It’s an open access public college governed by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Learn More

Brooke’s Experience with Free College


Brooke Anne Phillips is a UFCW member taking classes through the UFCW Free College program. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

 

I found out about the Free College Benefit by looking at the union board in our breakroom. More people need to check out the union board!

So once I got information from the breakroom board, I went to the Free College website and I kept inquiring about it.

I asked what’s the gimmick? I talked to my union rep and they reassured me there was no gimmick.

I made an appointment with the college, and then I applied!

I graduated from school 9 years ago, in 2008. Seeing the breakroom poster was a sign that it was time for me to go back to school. I’d waited for so long, because it was too much money to go to school otherwise.

I’m studying early childhood education. Before I came to Clover, I was in childcare. I figured I could get a degree, and a higher paying job with more school under my belt. It’s a passion of mine to teach children.

The only challenge I am having is that you need to be very disciplined. You have to take the time out of your day to make sure you keep up on homework. I take one class a semester and I spend about 5 hours a week doing my assignments.

The College gives you due dates and they’re helpful because they help me figure out how to spend my time.

I’ve found a lot of support and encouragement from my department at work and from my friends and family. Thanks to their support, I just jumped right in.

The beauty of online classes is that you can make your own schedule — you can get online at 2 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon to take classes.

My advice to other members thinking about using their free college benefit: take a deep breath, take your time and realize that it’s going to be ok. Don’t overload yourself.

I want other members to know as long as you go out there and try, there’s no way you’re going to fail. You just have to try and keep trying. Do it for yourself, not just for your children. This is an opportunity to further your education and ready yourself for the future.

September 27, 2018

Local 1442 Member wins $1,000 Lifemart Sweepstakes

Part of the value of your UFCW membership, in addition to the great union benefits in your contract, include access to exclusive savings and discounts on every day goods and services.

In August, UFCW members who signed up or were already registered for our Lifemart discount program became eligible for a $1,000 Visa giftcard. The winner of the August Lifemart sweepstakes has been chosen: congrats to UFCW Local 1442 member Afiafi Iosua!

Afiafi is a new UFCW member who has been working at Rite Aid in Los Angeles since July. Currently, she shares a car in order to get to and from work, but can now use her winnings to help purchase her own car.

“I love being part of the UFCW and I love the discounts,” said Iosua. “I didn’t know that being part of a union came with so many other benefits. It’s been a blessing.”

Afiafi was born in Manu’a, Olosega American Samoa, and enjoys spending time with her family and shopping. Her story is a great example of one of the many ways UFCW members are building a better life with the value they get from their union.

September 27, 2018

UFCW Requesting USDA to Reopen Comments on Pork Line Speed Rule

New injury data could show danger rule poses to workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), is requesting the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a letter to reopen the comment period and delay the implementation of the pork line speed rule, which would allow for unlimited increase in hog slaughter line speeds. The USDA withheld important injury data relating to the proposed rule until after the comment period had closed.

The letter can be found here.

“Thousands of pork workers all across America understand from firsthand experience that this is an extremely dangerous rule change and we believe the data will support this fact,” said Perrone. “Make no mistake, increasing line speeds is a needless weakening of our safety standards. It threatens the quality and health of our food supply and cruelly endangers the lives of workers who make it. This proposed rule must be stopped.”

UFCW members who are hog slaughter workers hand-delivered Perrone’s letter to Carmen Rottenberg, administrator of the FSIS, on September 26 after meeting with USDA officials to explain why the proposed rule is dangerous.

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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 atwww.ufcw.org.

September 24, 2018

“Let’s negotiate! I can’t wait to see all of the positive improvements that will be guaranteed with our union contract!”

We’re excited to announce we have additional members to our UFCW family! Last month, twenty workers at the Peach Tree Acres assisted living facility in Harbeson, Delaware, voted unanimously to join UFCW Local 27. Peach Tree Acres is the only facility of its type in the state of Delaware and provides apartment-style assisted living and day care rehabilitative services for adults with brain injuries.

The men and women of Peach Tree Acres work hard to provide quality care and are passionate about their work. Wanting to make their workplace the best that it could possibly be, they reached out to UFCW Local 27 about joining and becoming union members because they were concerned about issue with wages, medical insurance, and a lack of respect from management in the workplace.

Excited to move forward

“It feels great to know that now that we voted for Local 27, someone will have our back at work!” said Kyna Hanzer.

“Let’s negotiate! I can’t wait to see all of the positive improvements that will be guaranteed with our union contract!” said Chrissy Hanzer.

“I am truly excited about upcoming negotiations with the company,” said Anthony Vogel. “I like the fact that, with a union contract, we will have job security.”

“Congratulations to the hard-working men and women of Peach Tree Acres! We look forward to negotiating the best contract that we can for the workers and their families,” said UFCW Local 27 President Jason Chorpenning.

Peach Tree Acres workers pose together and give thumbs up