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Crème of the Crop Workers Ratify First Union Contract

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On May 25, Crème of the Crop workers in Tacoma, Washington, voted to ratify their first union contract. Crème of the Crop is a women-owned and operated cannabis retail shop, and 100 percent of the workers, who are members of UFCW Local 367, voted to ratify the contract.

The two-year contract raises wages for budtenders and shift managers, and includes health insurance, an employer paid defined benefit pension plan, seven paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, and a seniority and grievance procedure.

“Local 367 stands together with the workers of Crème of the Crop,” said UFCW Local 367 President Denise Jagielo. “The path to a better life is through a stronger working class, and we are proud to welcome them to our family.”

RWDSU Members and Activists Leaflet at Macy’s

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Adapted from RWDSU

This Memorial Day, RWDSU members and other worker activists distributed leaflets outside of Macy’s Herald Square, the retail chain’s flagship location, to remind customers doing their Memorial Day sales shopping that Local 1-S members are “the real magic of Macy’s.” Besides giving Macy’s workers the recognition they deserve for making shopping at Macy’s a premier experience, the flyers also informed customers that workers are trying to secure a fair contract with management.

Macy’s workers have authorized a strike if a fair contract isn’t negotiated.

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UFCW Stop & Shop Members Thank Customers for Support During Contract Fight

Adapted from UFCW Local 1459

duplicate_resizedLast week, dozens of Stop & Shop union members, staff, and community members from New England UFCW locals went out to Stop & Shop stores as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members throughout New England and the over 1,500 members in western Massachusetts.

Stop & Shop union members worked without a contract for over two months.  During this period, thousands of customers signed petitions in support of a fair contract, made countless calls to the company asking them to offer a fair deal to hard working union members, and made their opinions known in the stores in favor of a good contract.

With their support, our bargaining committee was able to negotiate collectively for:
• 480 New Full-Time Jobs
• Fair & Predictable Scheduling so that we can spend time with our families and provide for our families
• Fair Pay and a path to $15 for all full-time employees
• Affordable Healthcare for our families

Matt Szulborski, Organizing Director of UFCW Local 1459 said, in gratitude to customers, “Working families coming together on the job and in the community helped win a better life for Stop & Shop union members.  Thank you for all your support and help.  I believe with a voice at work and communities coming together, all working people can gain a better life.”