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UFCW Local 293 Members Ratify New Contract With JBS

JBS-Beef-300x218UFCW Local 293 members working at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Omaha, Neb.,  ratified a new contract on Thursday, September 4. The new five-year agreement went into effect on Monday, September 8 and will cover more than 300 workers in the plant. The contract in Omaha follows another contract ratification back in July by UFCW Local 293 JBS members at the Grand Island, Neb., plant.

“We are all excited about another great contract for our members and the local economy,” said Dan Hoppes, President of UFCW Local 293. “Thanks to the support and unity of UFCW members from across the country, we were able to negotiate another contract that raises the bar for JBS workers. This plant was formerly owned by XL Foods until JBS bought it in 2013. Now under a union contract with JBS, these workers will see significant improvements in their benefits and health care. ”

The new contract will:

  • Provide a $1.80 hourly increase over the course of the contract.
  • Provide a $0.60 per hour increase in the first year which will be paid retroactively to the original contract expiration date, July 6, 2014.
  • Maintain affordable health care costs for employees with only minor plan changes.
  • Establish a primary health care clinic in Omaha which means flexible, easily accessible health care to JBS employees with no cost for primary care (checkups, some treatments, minor procedures, and lab work) and low cost prescriptions and immunizations.

The UFCW represents JBS workers at several other locations around the country. Along with Grand Island, Neb., workers have ratified contracts in Worthington, Minn., Greeley, Colo., and Souderton, Pa. UFCW Local 227 JBS workers in Louisville, Ky., reached a tentative agreement last week.

Union Plus Job Loss Grant Helps UFCW Member Start Fresh

Former UFCW member Karyn Neeley

Former UFCW member Karyn Neeley

Losing a job can happen to the best of us. The challenge is to maintain your strength, your determination, your resiliency and of course your union values. Karyn Neeley of Rosamond, Calif., and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1036, is making it through a tough time with her head held high and her values intact—with help from a $300 Union Plus Job Loss Grant.

Karyn spent 11 good years in UFCW, working as a meat and seafood manager and even representing her local as a steward and a vice-president. In the time since then, she’s done other work, including in the banking industry. But she’s kept her union card, as well as her Union Plus Credit Card—and that was the key to receiving her Job Loss Grant.

The Union Plus Credit Card program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of hard-working union members and their families with competitive rates, U.S.-based customer service and more.

In addition, it’s the only credit card that offers exclusive assistance programs1 to help UFCW members and their families who are facing hardship. One of those assistance programs is the Job Loss Grants of $300 for those who have carried the card for three months or more and who meet the other eligibility requirements.

“I’ve carried a Union Plus Credit Card for many years,” Karyn says. “I was opening my bill one day and in the statement there was some information about Job Loss Grants. I thought, you know what, let me try it.”

Karyn completed and submitted the application along with the other documentation required to consider her grant request. Her application was approved and soon thereafter she received her $300 check. “It was wonderful getting the Union Plus Job Loss Grant when I needed it,” she says. “I used it to pay some bills.”

These days Karyn is ready to get back into the workforce. She’s considering a number of options, including putting her training as a licensed cosmetologist to work. But if she could find the right opportunity in a supermarket, she’d jump at the chance to be in a UFCW workplace once again.

“After all my years in UFCW I know what a difference having union pay and benefits can make,” she says, “including the opportunity to carry a Union Plus Credit Card.”

Do you carry a Union Plus Credit Card? It features Disability, Job Loss, Strike and Hospital Grants for eligible cardholders1. It also features a competitive rate and all customer service calls answered in the U.S. You can learn more by visiting UFCWcard.com.

At UnionPlus.org you can learn more about these programs, as well as special services that are available to all union members and retirees.

 

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 1Certain restrictions, limitations, and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at UnionPlus.org/Assistance.

 Credit approval required. Terms & Conditions apply. Union Plus Credit Cards issued by Capital One, N.A.

 

Tell Citra Mina to Respect Their Workers!

IMG_3348In July, UFCW Local 359 Members who work at Fulton’s Fish Market in New York, took part in a solidarity action for the seafood workers at Citra Mina in the Philippines, who are fighting for justice on the job.

As the workers continue to stand up for better working conditions and for the jobs of those who were targeted and fired for union activity, Citra Mina will this week be leading a National Tuna Industry Congress in GenSan–tuna capital of the Philippines–to debate the responsibility of the business.

It’s clear that Citra Mina is anything but responsible. You can help the seafood workers at the Philippines second largest exporter of tuna in their quest for better jobs, safer working conditions, and justice for those who have been fired simply for standing up for what’s right, by signing their petition here.

For updates on “The Citra Mina 78″ visit their facebook page.