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UFCW Members Stand with Market Basket

10563144_10150570831129945_3415508911030324359_nYou may have heard a lot about a grocery chain in New England named Market Basket in the news a lot lately. Here’s why:

Since its founding, Market Basket has been owned and operated by the DeMoulas family, but for several decades, different branches of the family have been fighting for control. In June, longtime CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas was ousted by his cousin, Arthur S. DeMoulas, who has taken a controlling stake of the company.

The problem is, Arthur T. DeMoulas, or ATD as he is lovingly known as by Market Basket employees, treated his workers well, and now their good jobs are turning into bad ones. Employees and customers alike have been organizing ever since, to pressure the board to bring ATD back. They have built a huge online following and generated a lot of media coverage with protests and actions around the New England area.

Workers are invested in the campaign because they currently enjoy good benefits, including a profit sharing plan, which would be at risk under new management. The protests escalated until workers walked off the job on July 18. Pressure is mounting on the company board. Many of the workers leading the strike were fired, but the chain has still been disrupted. Warehouses have been shut down, shelves are empty, store managers are protesting along with workers, and numerous local politicians, including the governor of New Hampshire, have voiced support for the actions.

As these Market Basket workers continue to fight for good jobs, UFCW members are standing with them. They have been alongside them at actions, and reaching out to Market Basket workers in the stores to let them know about their rights. We support all workers who stand up to make their workplaces the best they can be, and we see what’s going on at Market Basket as an inspiring example of what workers can achieve by standing together to take action.

There are good bosses and bad bosses, but in the end workers need to rely on themselves and their coworkers. No matter who the CEO of Market Basket is, workers should have a seat at the table and a contract that guarantees that a change in leadership won’t mean the end of the benefits they and their families rely on.

If you’d like to support Market Basket workers too, there are several things you can do:

  • Take a picture with a sign reading “I stand with Market Basket workers” or something similar. Share those pictures on Facebook with the hashtag #SaveMarketBasket
  • Tweet on the hashtag #SaveMarketBasket and encourage others to do the same.
  • Make a donation of whatever size to the Market Basket strike fund.
  • Share our page where Market Basket employees can contact us for help understanding and protecting their rights: http://www.ufcw.org/industries/retail-food/stand-up-at-market-basket/

 

 

 

 

UFCW and RWDSU Members Support Guitar Center Workers with National Day of Action

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU members participated in a national day of action on July 11 to show their support for Guitar Center workers. Members leafleted customers and talked to workers at Guitar Center stores about workers joining the UFCW/RWDSU to have a union voice on the job and to also call on the company to bargain in good faith with workers during contract negotiations. Workers at Guitar Center stores in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas have already voted to join the UFCW/RWDSU.

UFCW Locals 1, 7R, 8GS, 21, 27, 75, 135, 152, 328, 367, 400, 455, 464A, 540, 700, 881, 1000, 1208, 1360, 1428, 1439, 1442, 1459, 1473, 1546, and 1564 along with UFCW/RWDSU Locals 108, 338, and 1034 participated and more than 50 Guitar Center stores were leafleted across the country. Guitar Center workers are demanding fair wages, affordable benefits, paid sick days, and a fair contract. Locals can support Guitar Center workers by:

-Calling Guitar Center corporate headquarters at 818-735-8800 or tweeting @GuitarCenter and telling CEO Mike Pratt that workers deserve a fair contract

-Calling 212-684-5300 or emailing changeguitarcenter@gmail.com to become involved in the campaign

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Sodexo Workers at Texas Christian University Ratify First Union Contract with Local 1000

sodexoOn July 15, over 150 Sodexo USA campus food workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with UFCW Local 1000. The contract is a victory for the workers and guarantees new wage increases, job security, seniority rights, vacation and sick pay and other union protections, and also restores many of the benefits cut by the company last year. The workers approached UFCW Local 1000 earlier this year with complaints of severe cuts to their benefits, vacations, and hourly schedules, which prompted their desire to form a union.

“It was so inspiring to see these workers bargain their first contract,” UFCW Local 1000 Secretary-Treasurer Casey Williams said. “It was an honor to sit down next to them at the negotiating table and fight for their seniority, vacations, and raises.”

“The UFCW did a great job,” said Roy Papajohn, a Sodexo worker and UFCW negotiating committeeman. “The talks were civil and professional. It was a learning experience…both sides were tough in the bargaining, but we were able to find middle ground on areas of disagreement. I feel we reached a fair agreement and TCU workers are happy with the final outcome.”

Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management multinational corporation with U.S. headquarters in Maryland.