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April 3, 2018

You or someone in your family headed to college? Apply for the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship

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.

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

March 29, 2018

18 regional hot dogs to enjoy on opening day

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:

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.


March 28, 2018

National Nutrition Month: How many calories should your child be eating?

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. 

Young Children

According to the USDA MyPlate Guide, the healthy number of calories a preschooler needs are:

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

UFCW members get access to special AT&T discounts

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.

Shop Online.

Go to the AT&T Union Member site and enroll in the Union Member Discount Program.

Shop online

Go In-Store.

Visit your neighborhood AT&T store and show them your union ID and the discount code: 3508840.

More Information

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Interested in more discounts for UFCW members? Check out MyUFCW.org.

March 20, 2018

Women’s History Month: 1911 Triangle fire survivor recalls the tragedy in her own words

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:

A policeman stands in the street, observing charred rubble and corpses of workers following the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in New York City on March 25, 1911. Hulton Archive

Remembering the Victims of the Fire


March 14, 2018

UFCW’s Work to “Bring Value to Retailers and Customers” Highlighted on DealCrunch

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

By: Chris Curry

The Crunch: The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union works daily to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions for its 1.3 million members. The UFCW is America’s largest private sector labor union and represents the grocery, retail, and packing house workers who help the economy run. As technology threatens to automate many jobs, the UFCW is working to show the value that knowledgeable and professional associates bring to customers and businesses. The organization also helps members advance their careers through free college tuition and GED courses. In the modern labor movement, the UFCW stands up for working conditions — and work-life balance — that result in better jobs and a stronger labor force.

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.

Collage of UFCW free college benefits

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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Language Training GED Courses Discounts Free College Degree

March 13, 2018

National Nutrition Month: Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Families

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

International Women’s Day Began as “International Working Women’s Day”

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.”

March 5, 2018

Discounted child care for UFCW members and their loved ones

Raising a family and working is no easy task, and we understand caring for your loved ones is a top priority. To help make things a little easier, the UFCW is excited to announce new discounts on child care services that are available for all UFCW members and their families.

To take advantage of the child care discounts and to see what other savings are available to UFCW members, register for the UFCW discount program.

Register Today

Childcare Network

10% off

10% discount off full-time and part-time permanent placements!

KinderCare Education

Save 10% on Child Care Tuition

The KinderCare Education family of brands connects you with the child care option and location that best meets your family’s needs.

  • Full-time, part-time, before- and after-school care and drop-in child care options
  • Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years
  • 1,500 child care centers and over 400 before- and after-school sites nationwide


Au Pair in America

5% off

Special offer for members – Au Pair in America offers a 5% program discount!

Having an Au Pair provides flexibility and dependability! Unlike a babysitter and other caregivers, having an au pair in your home, becomes a full-fledged family member, sharing a unique cultural exchange experience. Au Pair in America offers a 5% program discount for all members, plus no application fee!

Children of America

10% off

10% off tuition on full-time and part-time permanent placements!

Lightbridge Academy

Up to 10% off

Save up to 10% off permanent placements!

Lightbridge Academy offers extended day Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Summer Camp programs. Their unique Circle of Care recognizes the importance of caring for the needs of the entire family – children and parents. Children enjoy “learning through play” and the Seedlings curriculum is developmentally appropriate and focuses on meeting the specific needs of each child. Their child care centers are state-of-the-art with high levels of security, interactive whiteboard technology and the exclusive ParentView® Internet Monitoring System, which ensures that families can stay connected to their children anytime, from anywhere in the world. The Tadpoles parent e-communication app utilizes mobile technology in the classroom to provide real-time visibility and strengthen communication between the center and the families.

Lightbridge Academy Corporate Advantage Program is available at all Lightbridge Academy locations.

Individual Child Discounts:

  • 5% monthly discount for Infant/Toddler Program
  • 10% monthly discount for Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Multiple Child Discounts:

  • Two Infants: 1st child would receive 5% and 10% for the 2nd child.
  • Two children enrolled in Preschool and/or Kindergarten programs: 10% each child
  • Different age groups: 10% off the oldest child, and 5% off the 2nd child

Cultural Care Au Pair

$575 off

Save $575 on Au Pairs – childcare you trust like family.

They know that balancing work while raising your children is no easy task- that’s why they’re offering families a special discount when you apply for your first au pair!  Find out why 90% of their host families say that having an au pair has given them a greater work-life balance and flexibility. This introductory discount is for families new to their program who host for 30 or more weeks and cannot be applied retroactively.

Register for more information!

February 27, 2018

UFCW cake decorator shows how to make shamrock cupcakes

Just in time for St.Patrick’s Day, UFCW Local 23 member and expert cake decorator Carolyn shows you how to create easy shamrock cupcakes. All you need are some basic decorating tools, icing, and food coloring!

What you’ll need:

  • A pastry bag with #805 tip
  • White buttercream frosting
  • Green buttercream frosting
  • Cupcakes

“With the proper tips, you can make these in no time at all!”
– Carolyn