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New Black Friday Solidarity Materials Available for UFCW Members

UFCWSolidarity2-02-2-300x300As Black Friday approaches it is more important than ever that UFCW members stand together with Walmart workers as they fight to make their jobs better. By standing together in solidarity, UFCW and Walmart workers can send the message that all workers have the right for fair wages and better schedules.

Every step forward for Walmart workers is a step forward for all workers. A new website,www.ufcw.org/solidarity is available with materials to help UFCW members stand in solidarity with Walmart workers. The Solidarity website features videos, a petition, and a place to sign up to attend a Black Friday protest.

Additional Black Friday materials including flyers, share graphics, and talking points are also available. Please contact Amy Gray at agray@ufcw.org if you are interested in additional materials.

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Michael Brown

UFCWnewsWASHINGTON, D.C. Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

“Today, first and foremost, we mourn for our sister Lesley McSpadden, a member of UFCW Local 88, who got neither justice nor peace for the death of her son. The simple truth is that there are too many Michael Brown’s in America needlessly having their lives cut short and we in the labor movement have a responsibility to take action. This tragic case must spark a renewed discussion about race, class, and inequality. We can no longer afford to sweep these important issues under the rug because they might make some people uncomfortable. We must be a force for good jobs, safe streets, and justice under the law. We need to take a hard look at all of our social and political institutions and ask whether they are really serving the common good. The grand jury decision was the end of a process, but it also must be the beginning of a conversation. We owe that to the Brown family, the community of Ferguson, and our entire nation.”

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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.

 

UFCW OUTreach Hear from LGBT Leaders During Executive Board Meeting

outreach-300x210UFCW’s LGBT constituency group OUTreach held their executive board meeting on November 12-13. During the meetings, executive board members heard from numerous leaders in the LGBT community. Speakers included Mara Keisling, Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jerame Davis, Executive Director for the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, Daniel Pino from the National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

Following the numerous presentations, OUTreach’s executive board mapped out goals and actions for 2015. Some of them include attending the Creating Change conference, focusing on the relationships between the labor and LGBT communities, fighting for LGBT workers’ rights in the workplace, and learning more about transgender issues.