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Local 1428 Hosts First ‘Labor United Against Cancer’ Event

Local 1428 Labor Against Cancer Event

On March 9, UFCW Local 1428, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, hosted the first annual Labor United Against Cancer Run/Walk and Wellness Fair in San Dimas, California. Over 175 people attended the event to stand united in the fight against cancer, including members of the community, and labor and elected officials. In addition to Local 1428, members of UNAC, USW, Teamsters 396, Teamsters 630, Laborers 300, HERE 11, IUPAT DC36, Firefighters Local 1014, and SEIU 2015 were there to support a worthy cause.

Over $15,000 was raised from the event and donated to the American Cancer Society, and members of Local 1428 will continue to support the American Cancer Society with the end goal of finding a cure for this horrible and devastating disease.

“When labor unites, labor wins and with this event we are showing that labor is united in the fight to defeat cancer,” said UFCW Local 1428 President Mark Ramos.

El Super Grocery Workers Mark International Women’s Day by Protesting Unfair Treatment, Urging Boycott

—El Super sales negative for third straight quarter as boycott spreads to recently opened California El Super stores—

EL SUPER WORKERS PHOTO 1Pico Rivera, California—El Super workers have been fighting to win the company’s respect for more than two years. Yesterday, they honored the International Women’s Day tradition by protesting unfair treatment in front of the grocery chain’s newest store, in Pico Rivera.

“We want a fair contract that rewards us for the work that we do and will enable us to support our families and live better,” said Guadalupe Amador, who works at the El Super #13 bakery, in South Los Angeles. “We are fighting to win basic standards that other unionized grocery workers already enjoy.” The nonunion Pico Rivera El Super formerly operated as a unionized Ralph’s supermarket. Under El Super, workers earn less, pay more for health care, and receive half as many paid sick days as Ralph’s workers did.

Whittier College students distributed bread and roses to El Super workers during today’s event. “My fellow students and I delivered bread and roses as a token of our respect for these hardworking women – who are mothers, daughters, sisters, caretakers and family providers,” said Luz Castro, a Whittier College student.

Protestors educated Pico Rivera shoppers about the ongoing boycott of El Super stores – adding to the more than 200,000 shoppers who have agreed to honor December 2014 boycott call. Underscoring the boycott’s impact, El Super’s Mexico parent company recently reported its fourth quarter results for 2015, including negative same store sales of 0.9% in the U.S. segment – well below analyst expectations of positive 1% growth in the U.S. It was the third consecutive quarter in which U.S. same-store sales failed to grow.

“We are fighting for basic protections all workers deserve – including a 40-hour guarantee for full-time workers, fair wages, affordable health benefits, the right to organize without retaliation, and respect, “Flora Castaneda, an El Super cashier and a single mother of three, said. “El Super can easily afford these things, but they simply refuse to act responsibly.”

El Super has entered into settlement agreements to resolve allegations by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that it engaged in unfair labor practices. The company also made a commitment to the U.S. government to engage in good faith negotiations with El Super workers’ union – the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

“Unfortunately, since El Super returned to the bargaining table, progress has been very slow and they have just gone through the motions,” said UFCW Local 324 Secretary-Treasurer Andrea Zinder. “The company has made changes to proposals that have no substance. And they have even reneged on agreements it said were part of its “last, best and final offer” – which they implemented in spite of an overwhelming vote to reject it by our members.”

El Super union members struck the company two times during its 2015 fourth quarter to protest its unfair labor practices. And beginning March 14, the U.S. government will prosecute El Super again – this time, for its failure to give seniority information, including wage rates and part-time work.

About the Dispute

Southern California United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union locals 324, 770, 1428 and 1167 represent approximately 600 El Super workers employed at seven locations. These low-wage, predominantly Latino workers were covered under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with El Super that expired on September 27, 2013.

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The mayor of Pico Rivera, Gregory Salcido, expressed his support to El Super workers

El Super is managed by the Paramount, CA based Bodega Latina Corp. There are 54 El Super locations in California (46 stores), Arizona (5 stores), and Nevada (3 stores). El Super is focused on serving Mexican first, second and third-generation consumers. Bodega Latina Corp is controlled by Mexico-based Grupo Comercial Chedraui (Chedraui). Chedraui operates 224 markets in Mexico. It is Mexico’s third largest retailer.

UFCW Canada Members at Best Western Seven Oaks on Strike; Want Fair Treatment

Best_Western_Seven_Oaks_Rally-300A recent video uploaded to Facebook by UFCW Canada depicts the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina, Saskatchewan pushing and shoving UFCW Local 1400 members who are currently on strike for a living wage, fair benefits, and back pay.

The video was posted to demonstrate the bullying that the workers at the hotel have endured. Now, UFCW Canada Local 1400 is asking for support from our union family. Instead of harassing and abusing workers, they want the owner to get back to the bargaining table so they can reach a fair agreement.

The workers have been on strike for nearly two months, but their employer is refusing to respect the collective bargaining process after negotiations came to a standstill back in December.

“We’re willing to sit down at the table at any time, as the members are eager to negotiate, but the company refuses to budge on several issues, and they do not seem interested in negotiating, so our fight for fairness continues,” said Norm Neault, President of UFCW Canada Local 1400.

To advance the call for a fair contract, the Best Western workers and their families are asking consumers, supporters, and friends to join the campaign for fairness at Best Western Seven Oaks by sending a letter to Best Western’s President and CEO, David Kong.

The strike has gained the attention of local media and has garnered support from surrounding communities. You can help show that our entire union family stands behind these hard-working brothers and sisters by sending your message, as well as by sharing the above video on social media.