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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.

UFCW Immigration Work will be Honored in September

imm awardThe UFCW’s immigration programs will be honored by the Center for Community Change at its annual “Change Champion Awards” ceremony on September 17 in Washington, D.C.

Under the leadership of UFCW International President Marc Perrone and UFCW Executive Vice President Esther López, the UFCW is proud to lead the fight for immigration reform through two signature immigration programs which reach all levels of the union and our nation.

The first, known as Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN), provides members a platform to learn from seasoned immigrants’ rights advocates about the critical skills and tools needed to go through the naturalization process and become U.S. citizens. The second program is designed to help UFCW members get ready for Deferred Action for Parent Arrivals (DAPA).

Representing workers from all over the globe, the UFCW has seen the devastation caused by the broken immigration system in the United States. From ICE raids in meatpacking plants, to the endless threat of deportation, members and immigrant communities across the United States have been failed by the inaction of elected officials. Their deafening silence in the face of exploitative labor practices that have driven down wages, benefits, and the working conditions of all workers only serves to perpetuate a crisis that continues to grow.

Congress has yet to pass legislation, but the UFCW is not sitting back and waiting for politicians to act. Local unions are hosting workshops to help members determine whether they qualify, gather necessary documentation, prescreen their applications, and answer important legal questions. The UFCW is committed to ensuring that when a legal ruling on DAPA is finally rendered, UFCW members will either be ready to file for it or fight for it.

The UFCW is proud to accept this award and is committed to fighting for the rights of all hard-working men and women.

UFCW Local 23 Helps Pass Paid Sick Leave Law in Pittsburgh

L23 Pitt Paid Sick Leave PassesLast week, Pittsburgh passed a law that guarantees paid sick days for every worker in the city.

The victory was made possible by UFCW Local 23 members who spent weeks canvassing and building community support for the law.

Thanks to their hard work, more than 50,000 Pittsburgh workers will be eligible to earn paid time off so that they have the opportunity to stay home and get better when they become ill. L23 Pitt Paid Sick Leave Canvass

UFCW Local 23 is building on the momentum from this victory and pushing for a statewide paid sick leave law so that all workers in Pennsylvania can enjoy the same benefit.