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Nursing Assistants Unionize at Allegro Nursing Home

Vote Overwhelmingly to Join UFCW Local 1625

10982598_10150710991049945_4629064203368727338_oSt. Petersburg, Fla. — Last night, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) at the Allegro Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Fla., voted ‘Union Yes’ to join the 7,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1625. Thirty CNAs on staff came together to form a union in order to improve working conditions at Allegro.

“I am so proud of my team today. We stood up to management’s efforts to intimidate and divide us, and together, we won,” said Eleanor Mitchell, CNA, who has worked for Allegro for 25 years. “With a union, we now have the power to shape a better future at Allegro.”

An election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board showed strong support for a union, with more than 90 percent of votes returned in favor of the union.

“The courage shown by these workers is extraordinary. These Certified Nursing Assistants are standing up for the dignity of all workers in the caretaking professions,” said Ed Chambers, President of UFCW Local 1625 headquartered in Lakeland, Fla.

The 30 CNAs were able to form a unit made up of a single job classification following a 2011 decision by the National Labor Relations Board in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Mobile. This decision permitted CNAs to form union bargaining units by ruling that CNAs as “readily identifiable as a group” and as sharing a “community of interest.”

The workers will now begin negotiating with Allegro for their first union contract and seek to establish a more fair and transparent schedule for raises and better working conditions.

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Young Workers From Across the Country Participate in the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit

Last week, over 1,000 young workers and union activists headed to the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit in Chicago, eager to share and learn more about how we can work together for economic and social justice.

Over 70 UFCW and RWDSU members were in attendance, including many of the 2014 GOLD internship program participants.

UFCW member and former GOLD intern Erica Clemmons proudly introduced AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at the conference.

Erica joined the UFCW Local 1059 as a cashier at Kroger, and is now an organizer with Local 881. She also sits on the AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Advisory Council. Erica’s dedication to economic and racial equality has inspired many other young workers.

Erica was also one of the many UFCW and RWDSU activists who led workshops at the conference. Workshops focused on issues such as empowering different minority groups, raising the minimum wage, and gender equality. There were also workshops dedicated to sharing skills and tips for things such as digital organizing and collective bargaining.

Attendees of the conference also participated in two local actions to show solidarity for workers fighting for justice. RWDSU hosted an action in support of Guitar Center workers, who have been fighting for a voice on the job. The UFCW hosted another action which began at a local McDonalds, where workers have been calling for a living wage of $15 an hour, and then marched on to a Food 4 Less location. Employees at Food 4 Less have been standing together for better wages and benefits, respect on the job, and union representation. Kroger Company, which owns Food 4 Less, pays its other brand employees more than it does its Food 4 Less workers.  Many AFL-CIO affiliated unions joined these actions in solidarity with the workers, in addition to 18 UFCW locals unions.

Read more and watch a clip from the rally here.

Other highlights of the summit included speakers such as Labor ally Danny Glover, who spoke about the importance of activism, and Liz Shuler from the AFL-CIO, who emphasized why young workers are so important to the labor movement.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Danny Glover addresses the crowd

Danny Glover addresses the crowd

Former GOLD intern Tracy Officer supports Food 4 Less workers

Former GOLD intern Tracy Officer supports Food 4 Less workers

Next Up attendees and workers shut down McDonalds

Next Up attendees and workers shut down McDonalds

The rally reaches McDonalds

The rally at McDonalds

Former GOLD intern Miranda Tribble on her way to the Food 4 Less rally

Former GOLD intern Miranda Tribble on her way to the Food 4 Less rally

UFCW members and former GOLD interns Mike Roberts, Simplice Mabiala, and Josh Greenlee

UFCW members and former GOLD interns Mike Roberts, Simplice Mabiala, and Josh Greenlee

UFCW members and former GOLD interns Kira Johnson and Ariana Davis

UFCW members and former GOLD interns Kira Johnson and Ariana Davis

UFCW member and former GOLD intern Erica Clemmons introduces AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

UFCW member and former GOLD intern Erica Clemmons introduces AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

Statement from UFCW International President Marc Perrone on News of Target Wage Increase

Every Retail Worker has the Right to a Decent Living, a Reliable Schedule, Quality Affordable Health Care, and Respect on the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C.Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about the news reports on Target’s wage increase and the collective gains secured by workers in the retail industry.

“A higher hourly wage for the hard-working men and women in retail is a first step in the right direction. For far too long, our UFCW family and those outside our family who deserve a better life have been fighting for more than just higher wages. We are fighting for good benefits, a safe and just workplace, and fair scheduling that allows all workers the hard-earned right to support themselves and their family.

“While the struggle against irresponsible companies continues, I believe the momentum is growing. Bad employers who put their bottom line before the people who work to make these companies succeed must change. These families deserve better. While steps forward are positive, we will not stop our fight to raise standards, provide more hours, stable scheduling, and good jobs for all of our family.”

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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.

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