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UFCW President Perrone: “Browning-Ferris is a Victory for Hard-Working Men and Women”

_BBD5816WASHINGTON — Today, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed a regional director’s decision holding that waste disposal company Browning-Ferris is a joint employer with their staffing agency, Leadpoint Solutions. Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) had this statement:
 
“Today is victory for the hard working men and women who fight for a better life, and the opportunity to join together and speak with one voice.
 
“For too long, irresponsible corporations have avoided responsibility for the workers they employ. Today’s decision will help hold bad employers accountable. Hopefully, this NLRB ruling ends this shell game that has hurt the opportunity for workers and their families to move forward and attain a better life.”
  
Background
 
Browning-Ferris owned and operated a Houston recycling facility, but hired Leadpoint to staff it. Despite controlling the facility and the workers, Browning-Ferris attempted to use Leadpoint as a middleman to avoid their responsibilities under federal labor law.
 
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UFCW President Perrone: “We Will End LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace”

UFCW Vows to Fight for LGBTQ Rights at Work and Advocate for Comprehensive Healthcare for Transgendered Workers
 
image via Maria Elena Durazo

image via Maria Elena Durazo

ORLANDO — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, addressed LGBTQ union members at the AFL-CIO Pride at Work conference in Orlando, Fla. The UFCW was the first labor union to endorse the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The UFCW also implemented a policy of including gender reassignment surgery as part of a comprehensive Health and Welfare plan for union employees:

 
“Even though we are celebrating marriage equality this summer, too many LGBTQ workers still endure discrimination in workplaces that are far from equal. Today, in 29 states, it is still legal to fire a worker on the basis of their sexual orientation. In 33 states, a worker can be fired for being transgendered.
 
“Right now, the only way for these workers to gain the protection at work that we all deserve is through a union contract.
 
“In this spirit, I am proud to say that as part of our long commitment to equality for all workers, the UFCW is changing our Health and Welfare plan to include gender reassignment surgery. While this is a change that should have been made long ago, it is a change that I am proud of.
 
“The UFCW is committed to putting an end to discrimination in the workplace. We will stand up, speak out and fight for what is right when companies disregard the value of hard-working men and women, based on whom they may love or who they are.”
 
 
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Gallup Poll Shows Americans’ Support for Labor Unions Continues to Recover

gallup union surveyThe latest results from the 2015 installment of Gallup’s annual Work and Education survey show that Americans’ approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008, when 59% approved. Consistent with the recent increase in approval of unions, the percentage of Americans saying they would like labor unions to have more influence in the country has also been rising, and now stands at 37%, up from 25% in 2009. Meanwhile, the percentage wanting unions to have less influence has declined from 42% to 35%.