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UFCW Launches #AnswerMyQuestion2016 Grassroots Campaign Calling on Presidential Candidates to Answer Questions that Matter to the American People

UFCWnewsFor Immediate Release October 9, 2015

 #AnswerMyQuestion Initiative Will Pose Questions to all 2016 Candidates, beginning with Upcoming Democratic Debate, and Aims to Hold Them Accountable to Hardworking Men and Women

Washington, D.C. — Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, launched an online grassroots social media campaign asking UFCW members and other hardworking men and women to submit their questions and concerns to 2016 presidential candidates.

The goal of the #AnswerMyQuestions2016 campaign is to pressure 2016 presidential candidates, Democrat and Republican, to answer the tough questions that truly matter to our members and all hard-working families – whether they are union members or not.

The first phase of the #answermyquestion2016 initiative will focus on Democratic candidates participating in their first debate in Las Vegas, which will air October 13th at 8:30pm EST on CNN.

Using the hashtags #AnswerMyQuestion2016 and #DemDebate, UFCW members, supporters, and everyday Americans will be encouraged to submit any questions they have for Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee. Questions asked through tweets, photos, videos, and all other forms of social media creativity will be accepted – if it is hash tagged, we will find it.

As part of an effort to focus the debate on the issues that matter to hard-working families, questions will also be submitted to CNN and posted on UFCW’s Tumblr page (

The goal of this effort is to ensure that candidates are answering real questions from real people and are held accountable for how they will better the lives of everyday Americans if they become President of the United States.




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We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family earns and deserves.    @UFCW


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People packed into the Missouri legislature

Jefferson City, Missouri – Dave Cook, President of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655, Steven Straher, President of UFCW Local 88, and Tom Price, President of UFCW Local 2, representing 20,000 workers across Missouri, released the following statement today in response to Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of right to work legislation being sustained by the legislature.

“Today is a victory for hard-working men and women and their families all across Missouri.
“It should be noted that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, union and non-union families stood together to stop “right to work” legislation. We thank legislators from both sides of the aisle for voting to preserve the rights of middle class workers. 
“Our families spent the summer hosting phone banks and canvassing every corner of Missouri to build community support for this very moment.
“Governor Nixon’s veto of harmful and unfair “right to work” legislation was sustained because Missourians saw this bill for what it really was – an attack upon every worker in our state regardless of party.
“Although this battle is over, we will never stop fighting for hard-working Missouri families who hope for and deserve better lives.”
We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family deserves.

President Perrone Statement on Extreme Poverty Increasing in America

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the largest private sector union in the nation, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement in response to news that the number of people struggling to survive on just $2 per day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million American households into extreme poverty.

 “The idea that there are 1.5 million families in America, the wealthiest nation on Earth, living on just $2 per day is beyond shocking and should be a wakeup call to all our political leaders – especially those running for President – that real change is needed now.

“This dire situation has only been worsened by irresponsible corporations like Walmart who rely on scheduling techniques that too often provide workers with unpredictable schedules and pay. These erratic scheduling practices make it clear that Walmart and many other bad employers are ok with making work hurt rather than pay.

“It is time for elected leaders, of both parties, to understand that a living wage, reliable work schedules, and the ability of all workers to organize and negotiate better lives, are keys to reducing poverty and strengthening our nation’s economic future.

“We can’t continue down a path where the jobs that are created only serve to perpetuate low wages, poverty and despair. We must do better, and our union family is committed to fighting these economic injustices in every way possible.”