From Campaign Trail, Secretary Clinton Calls Into UFCW Event and Thanks Members

Clinton: “The issues your members fight for are my fights.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton called into the 2016 meeting of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) International Executive Board and Advisory Council to thank its members for their efforts in Iowa and to highlight her commitment to hard-working families across the nation.

The UFCW, the largest private sector union in the nation with 1.3 million members, announced its endorsement of Clinton for President of the United States last month and was proud to be a key part of her victory in Iowa.

During her remarks, Secretary Clinton pointed to how UFCW members and their families were vital to her close victory in Iowa, and that she was determined to fight for the issues that matter to tens of millions of working and middle class people.

Specifically, Clinton emphasized her commitment to raising wages, guaranteeing equal pay, providing paid leave, and protecting the rights of hard-working families to negotiate better lives.

The following are excerpts from Clinton’s remarks to the UFCW Executive board and Advisory Council:

On Iowa:

“It’s just meant the world to me to have your support…And I want you to know that you made a difference for me in Iowa. This was a very tight race and your members were critical votes in several precincts across the state. That helped us end up on top. And I appreciated your work on the ground, knocking on doors, talking to voters, making phone calls. And here’s something I want you to know — exit polling shows that in Iowa, union household voters made up 21% of all caucus goers. So more than one fifth of everybody who turned out on Monday night was part of a union household and I was supported by a 9 point advantage among union household voters. You made that possible.”

On issues that matter to working families:

“The issues you and your members are fighting for are my fights too…I will be your partner in the fight to raise wages, provide opportunity for paid sick time, fair scheduling for workers. I will stand up and fight for the right to organize and bargain collectively, for good wages and good working conditions and benefits. And I have a plan to make college affordable, to fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.”

Clinton also took time to answer a question from the audience about what she will do to help workers balance work and family. She said:

“I’ve said before that we’ve got to do more to help families balance work and their families. That’s why I support twelve weeks of paid family leave, seven day of paid sick time…I am making the strength of our family, opportunities for our families, specifically those that working women have, the centerpiece of my campaign. And you’ll hear a lot about this in the months ahead.”

Clinton also took a question about whether she believes collective bargaining is a means to ending wage inequality. She said:

“I believe it. I think the evidence supports it. There’s no doubt in my mind that the labor movement and particularly collective bargaining led to the growth of the American middle class…Republicans and their special interest groups have tried to undermine organizing, undermine collective bargaining. There’s no doubt in my mind they try to diminish our standard of living and growth of the American middle class.”

Photos of UFCW members caucusing for Clinton in Iowa are attached.

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UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe the next President of the United States should embody. Based on the collective opinion of our members, the UFCW is announcing today its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Today’s announcement reflects a yearlong commitment made by the UFCW to pursue a thorough presidential endorsement process. As part of this effort, the UFCW conducted a series of nationwide meetings with current members and Local UFCW officers, internal polls of our union members, as well as focus groups with working and middle class non-union families from across the country who currently work or have worked in retail, to determine the issues that matter most to UFCW members and the workers the UFCW fights for every day.

Based on these results, as well as additional discussions with UFCW Local Presidents and the UFCW Executive Board, the collective decision was that Hillary Clinton is indeed the best qualified and positioned candidate to win in 2016 and fight for the issues – such as job security, fair scheduling, paid leave, raising wages, immigration and health care reform – that matter most to our diverse union family.

Marc Perrone, International President of the UFCW, released the following statement about the endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

“For our union family, the 2016 Presidential election is about electing someone who will fight every single day for the issues that matter most to our 1.3 million hard-working members and their families. And, as one of the most diverse unions in the nation, we believe it is critical to select a candidate who is not just ready to be President, but who best understands that the strength of this nation is our unity and diversity.

“It is our members’ strong belief that Hillary Clinton is not just the strongest presidential candidate, but the right one. By working together, we believe our incredible members can help Secretary Clinton create the better America that our union family and all middle- and working-class families have earned and deserve.

“We announce this endorsement with the full belief that the frustrations felt by the American people are real, and that they deserve an America where better wages and better benefits are enjoyed by all who help make this nation great.

“For us, these incredible retail and non-retail workers, who help feed and serve this nation, deserve a president like Hillary Clinton who will fight to make sure that paid leave, stable schedules, and higher wages become more than an election promise – they’ll become a reality.

“We would like to thank our members for their input, and are proud to have taken the time to make a thoughtful decision about this presidential endorsement. These decisions are always difficult, especially when we have good and committed candidates who have dedicated their lives to fighting for America’s families.

“To Sen. Sanders and Gov. O’Malley, we would like to thank them and acknowledge their passion and commitment to the better America we all believe in. Their voices have made a difference in this race, and we hope they will continue to speak out for the issues that Secretary Clinton and all our families care about.

“Looking ahead to the fall, we are dedicated to mobilizing all our 1.3 million members across every state to help make Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States.”

UFCW Members Get Out the Vote in Key Races

L75 ConwayUFCW members across the country have been busy phone calling and canvassing to help ensure our union family turns out to vote.

Despite being an “off-year” election, the 2015 ballot was filled with issues and races that matter to UFCW members and their families.

In Kentucky, a closely watched race for Governor between Attorney General Jack Conway and Matt Bevin could decide whether or not an anti-worker right to work law comes to the “Bluegrass State.” For months, UFCW members have been helping to mobilize support for Conway. If he becomes Kentucky’s Governor-elect on November 3rd, UFCW members from Locals 227 and 75 will be a big reason why.

In Ohio, UFCW Locals 75, 880, 1059, RWDSU, and ICWU are supporting Issue 3, a ballot question that will ensure the Buckeye State chooses smart regulation over failed prohibition when it comes to marijuana. If it passes, Issue 3 will create 3,000 new union jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new tax revenue to support Ohio communities without raising taxes on hard-working men and women.

For the first time in over 300 years, Pennsylvanians will be choosing three judges to sit on the state supreme court. UFCW members are working hard to ensure that all three openings are filled by qualified judges who will fight to stop gerrymandering and defend the rights of workers.

Numerous UFCW Locals have also played important roles this election season in helping to pass local laws that will raise the minimum wage and provide people with paid sick and family leave. Our election efforts help to ensure that UFCW members have both better laws and legislators.

Here’s what some UFCW members working to get out the vote this election season had to say about the importance of voting:

L23 election 2015“I vote for a better world for all of us. As a gentlemen told me in a grocery store today, we are all about supporting the troops but by not voting we are stepping on the rights they are fighting for on our behalf,” said Will Reynolds Young, UFCW Local 23.

“It’s important for people to vote because elections do affect our lives. The sad fact is that there are candidates who want to destroy our rights and reduce wages because they care more about corporations than the rest of us. If we don’t vote, we’ll lose,” said Abigail Shake, UFCW Local 227, Kroger.

“We have to vote this year because I want to maintain our voice in the workplace. If this election goes the wrong way, Kentucky could easily become a right to work state. If that happens, my family and my friends would all be hurt by it. Voting is our way to fight back to help make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Chawan Morgan, UFCW Local 227, Kroger.

“I’ve been doing everything I can since August to make sure working people vote. There are candidates running this year who are blatantly attacking us and our rights. People need to understand that we can make our lives better by voting and being involved,” said Shajuan Cook, UFCW Local 227, JBS Swift.

“We are stronger in numbers. If more of us vote and understand the issues then we’ll be able to have better lives. If you sit home and don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. It’s scary, but by not voting our wages, benefits, and health care can be put instantly at-risk,” said Sharon Bayens, UFCW Local 227, Kroger.

“I think we all have a stake in this year’s election. Health care, education, and wages in Kentucky are all at-risk if this election goes the wrong way. When I talk to people in the community, I try to make them understand that by working and standing up together we can earn better lives,” said Samantha Cole, UFCW Local 227, Kroger.