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Get Involved: Minimum Wage Day of Action

5-Reasons

Department of Labor’s #5Reasons

Today is the Minimum Wage Day of Action. Advocates of an increased minimum wage can join the Department of Labor, workers, and allies such as the UFCW in promoting the importance of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Tweet the hashtags #1010now and #5Reasons, for the Department of Labor’s 5 reasons to raise the wage, to join us in utilizing the enormous power of social media to advance the cause of workers nationwide. The Department of Labor has also provided images you can copy and tweet in order to express your support in style.

The UFCW is an ardent supporter of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015 and index it to inflation for every year afterwards, to keep pace with the rising cost of living and ensure it never becomes as woefully out-of-date as it is today.

Here are 5 more reasons to support a raised minimum wage:

  1. If you work full-time for the minimum wage, you earn just $15,080 a year.
  2. A raise would provide $32 billion in new economic activity, including 140,000 new full-time jobs.
  3. A raise would mainly affect large companies, like McDonald’s and Walmart.
  4. 67% of Americans support a raise in minimum wage.
  5. If the minimum wage from 40 years ago was indexed with inflation, it would be $10.59 an hour today.

Join us in telling Congress that every American deserves fair pay for hard work! Tweet #1010now and #5Reasons to become a part of the Minimum Wage Day of Action, and together we can #RaiseTheWage!

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Schedules That Work Act

UFCWnewsWASHINGTON, D.C. Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding introduction of the Schedules That Work Act.

“If you ask a worker in the retail industry what improvements can be made to their job, the response is likely to include scheduling. Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple way to ensure workers are treated with dignity and respect. In a perfect world, employers would view workers as human beings with competing life demands rather than numbers on a balance sheet. But in reality, scheduling is more erratic than ever.

“The Schedules That Work Act would provide workers modest safeguards and begin to curb the most abusive scheduling practices. This includes a presumption that workers who need a schedule change due to child care, school, a second job, or medical needs will receive that change unless there is a bona fide business reason not to. The legislation also provides retail workers advance notice of their schedules and guarantees minimum pay when they are sent home from work before completing their entire shift.

“This legislation would ensure all workers have the rights fought for and won by UFCW members for decades.  Our contracts have long guaranteed predictable and adequate scheduling. The law of the land should do the same. I urge Congress to pass the Schedules That Work Act as soon as possible.”

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw

“Battleground 2014” Is Underway

Battlegrounds-Photo-2UFCW members must be prepared for the November 4thmidterm elections – 2014 cannot be a repeat of 2010. To help make it easier for members to engage politically, we have launched Battleground 2014.

Battleground 2014 provides information about the most important Congressional and Gubernatorial races. UFCW members will be able to use this site to find out more about the candidates and access important voting information and deadlines.

There is a lot at stake on Election Day this year. At the federal level, control of the U.S. Senate is on the line.

Republicans are only six seats away from controlling the Senate and seven of the most vulnerable seats up for election this year are currently held by Democrats. We must work hard to ensure the Senate does not fall into anti-worker hands.

Gubernatorial elections are just as important. Governors from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all of which spent the last four years attacking workers, are now up for reelection. They need to be shown that when you hurt workers, you lose elections.