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Support #UFCWDads by Shopping Union-Made This Father’s Day!

IMG_0184Haven’t got a gift for dad yet? No worries! We’ve put together some great UFCW-made ideas for your Father’s Day shopping list!

When you buy union, you’re supporting the men and women who work hard every day to make and sell these quality goods. You’re also supporting good union jobs, that enable working parents to support their families with good pay and benefits. Unions are also on the forefront of legislative pushes for policies that benefit working families, like parental leave. Together, union families are working to make jobs work for all families.

Spirits:

Jim Beam

Knob Creek Whiskey

Personal Care:

Old Spice products

Pierre Cardin Cologne

Shoes:

Naturalizer Shoes

Red Wing Shoes

The Union Boot Pro Boots

Workers Win Impending Settlement Against Gourmet Boutique West with Support of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99

10346101_787562584652581_2968960592761418361_n(PHOENIX, Arizona) – Workers at the Gourmet Boutique West food processing plant are celebrating a tentative settlement agreement with the company. Along with the workers securing their right to freely pursue joining a union without the fear of retaliation, the tentative settlement also includes the reinstatement of two unjustly-terminated workers along with back pay. The pending settlement has been signed off by the company’s attorney and is awaiting approval by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“It has been rough for us here at the plant. We stuck together though and with the help of the great people at UFCW Local 99, not only do I have my job back, but my coworkers and I can now work toward being part of a union and making all of our jobs better,” said Yolanda Luna, one of the reinstated workers at the plant.

Workers contacted UFCW Local 99 about joining the union to help them improve working conditions, address safety concerns, and also calling to be treated with respect and dignity on the job. When workers and the UFCW began to work together to help workers join the union, the company responded by, according to NLRB General Counsel’s complaint, retaliating against pro-union workers and terminating two of them for union activity.

UFCW Local 99 then filed a series of unfair labor practice charges against Gourmet Boutique West with the NLRB. Complaints issued by the NLRB General Counsel alleged more than 70 unfair labor practice violations. Some of these were very serious including:

  • Threatening employees with discharge and various punishments for engaging in union activities,
  • Promising employees special benefits if they told the company about the union activity of other workers,
  • Calling the police to remove union representatives and employees from public property near the worksite while they were engaged in lawful handbilling,
  • Interfering with the formation and administration of a company union in an effort to keep UFCW Local 99 out of the plant.

After the charges were filed, Gourmet Boutique West then agreed to enter into the tentative settlement agreement that is waiting for approval by the NLRB. Workers at the plant and UFCW Local 99 will continue to work toward securing a union voice on the job, and a union contract that secures wages, benefits and respect and dignity on the job.

There are 50 workers at the Gourmet Boutique West food processing plant where workers prepare ready-made meals to be shipped to grocery stores. More than 18,000 workers who work in the grocery and several other industries are members of UFCW Local 99.

 

Mexican Workers Protest Against Chedraui in Mexico City in Support of El Super Workers in the U.S.

workers_ElSuperBoycottFermin2_EmailGraphicMore than 150 members of Mexican trade unions participated last week in a demonstration against Grupo Comercial Chedraui in Mexico City to protest unfair working conditions at El Super stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. This protest was part of the International Day of Action in Solidarity with El Super employees.

Members of the National Workers Union (UNT), with more than 50 worker organizations, the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), the Miners Union (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros), and the National Autonomous University of Mexico Workers Union (STUNAM), were some of the unions who are part of the Tri-national Solidarity Alliance that showed their support with the El Super workers.

The demonstration took place on June 4, in front of a Chedraui store near Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. Rigo Valdez, organizing director from Local 770 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) explained to the Mexican union members that “the boycott of El Super will continue until the company gets back to the bargaining table and comes to an agreement with the union.”

At the same time, thousands of allies of El Super workers in the United States and Canada signed an online petition, which was launched in English and Spanish by the Justice for El Super Workers campaign. Within the first three hours, the petition reached its goal of 10,000 signatures.  At the time of this report, the online action had gathered 22,815 signatures.

El Super workers need your support. Click on the link below to add your name to the petition.

http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/BoycottElSuper/