UFCW International President Perrone: “Mr. Trump’s Circus Aside, we Need a Serious Debate on Immigration Reform”

One of Local 540's members who took advantage of UCANToday in the Washington PostUFCW International President Marc Perrone, in a letter to the editor, wrote about how it’s time to focus on real ideas for immigration reform:

“The circus surrounding Donald Trump and his presidential campaign paralyzes our country, preventing it from having a constructive debate about immigration [“Trump driving migrant debate,” front page, Aug. 18].

We can’t solve our country’s immigration crisis by focusing on the antics and destructive proposals of a political campaign based on eccentric, misguided and insular views. Hard-working people are exploited every day at the hands of our outdated immigration system. Instead of addressing the causes of a broken system, candidates such as Mr. Trump turn a blind eye to the abuse that workers and their families face.

Let’s have a serious debate, not one defined by sound bites and divisive rhetoric. Let’s begin by taking a comprehensive approach to immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Mr. Trump may not want this, but reasonable Americans understand that this is the path to a better and more united country.”

UFCW Members in Missouri Host Teletownhall with Governor Nixon

655 RTWEarlier this year, the Missouri legislature passed an anti-worker “right to work” bill. Fortunately, the bill was vetoed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, but on September 16, the legislature will convene a special session where they will attempt to override the Governor’s veto.

In order for the veto to be overridden, 17 House members and two Senate members will need to switch their vote on the “right to work” bill. UFCW members in Missouri are fighting hard to sustain the veto with an aggressive online and worksite campaign that informs people about the dangers of “right to work” legislation.

This week, 17,500 UFCW members in Missouri were called to participate in a teletownhall with Governor Nixon. While on the call, members from UFCW Locals  2, 88, 655, and 2008 engaged with the Governor over where this unfair law came from, why it’s bad for workers in Missouri, and how they can fight it.

All four UFCW locals are planning to go to the Capitol in Jefferson City next month to help show legislators that hard-working families in Missouri do not support a “right to work” law that will lower wages and benefits across the state.

Social Security Turns 80

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Eighty years ago today, President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act (SSA), which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. While the future of Social Security continues to be a hot issue leading up to the 2016 election, there’s no doubt that the SSA changed what it meant to grow old in America.

Prior to Social Security, growing old was something to be dreaded. During the Great Depression many older people were unemployed, and people who had worked hard all their lives were living in poverty as they grew older due to illnesses or the sudden loss of a job.  Age discrimination made it even more difficult for older workers who were able to work to find employment.

Today, Social Security continues to give older people and the disabled some hope and stability in the form of a guaranteed and predictable monthly replacement of wages. According to the Social Security Administration, more than 59 million Americans received $863 billion in Social Security benefits last year, and working Americans continue to pay into Social Security so that they will receive money when they stop working.

At the signing ceremony on August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt said: “Today a hope of many years’ standing is in large part fulfilled. The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last….We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”