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Local 400 “Save My Store” Campaign Aims to Prevent Job Losses During Potential Corporate Merger

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With the future of so many jobs at stake, Giant Food employees launched the “Save My Store” campaign the following week with a press conference and a petition to Ahold/Delhaize which is steadily gaining thousands of signatures from employees and customers.

The campaign also hosted a series of four town halls in the communities surrounding the threatened stores to bring together employees, customers, elected officials and other leaders to do whatever it takes to keep quality jobs and shopping options intact. So far, representatives of Ahold and Giant Food, who were also invited to attend the town halls, have refused to respond.

Following the town halls, the next phase of the campaign will be a rally and march to Giant’s corporate headquarters on May 11th.

To learn more about the campaign, and how you can support these hard-working men and women, visit SaveMyStore.org

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Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

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Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida.

“We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working conditions,” said Sha Terri Frazer, a dietary worker. “Only until we reached out to the union did management start talking to us about the problems.”

A few days before the victory at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center, 105 workers at Lanier Terrace, another nursing home in Jacksonville, were granted recognition to be represented by Local 1625.

“Every time a non-union nursing home chooses to be represented by Local 1625, we increase our bargaining power for the whole industry throughout Florida,” said UFCW Local 1625 President Ed Chambers. “We have been able to directly correlate union density in the health care field with improved wages, benefits, and working conditions. Over half of our unionized nursing homes are now participating in union benefit plans, including pension and medical insurance, which signifies our strength in the industry.”

UFCW Joins Immigrant Rights Groups at the Supreme Court to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

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In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the UFCW joined labor leaders and immigrant families as they gathered at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to demand the implementation of the president’s immigration programs. The deferred action programs, known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), would have provided immigration relief for over five million aspiring Americans. Unfortunately, the implementation of this program has been held up in the courts by an anti-immigrant lawsuit that has made its way to the Supreme Court.

Under strong pressure from the UFCW, the Obama Administration gave hard-working men and women the ability to apply for legal work status and some piece of mind. While these programs are temporary and not a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, the UFCW knows that they are necessary and long overdue for our members.

Yesterday’s rally at the Supreme Court sent a strong message that the UFCW will continue pushing forward with our efforts to build worker power for immigrants and ensure that when the legal ruling on DAPA and expanded DACA are rendered, UFCW members are first in line when the application process begins.