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January 23, 2017

UFCW Statement on TPP Withdrawal 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“For decades, our nation’s union families have stood united to protect American jobs. While withdrawing from the TPP is a positive step, it is a small piece of what must be a larger effort to protect Americans who face exploitative, unfair, discriminatory, and unjust workplaces. 

“We urge President Trump to recognize that America’s workers, especially union members, are not just incredibly hard-working, they have earned the right to join together for a better life – and that right must be protected.    

“Protecting good American jobs must be about more than just stopping unfair trade deals. It must also be about protecting people from irresponsible employers who are indifferent to their workers, and provide jobs with low wages and no benefits. 

“Make no mistake, if we are going to make America a better nation, we must strive to protect workers who seek nothing more than the opportunity to provide a better life for their families.”

 

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

 

December 16, 2016

UFCW Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement endorsing current Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  

“The Democratic Party is at a crossroads, and it needs leaders with strong progressive voices as well as unique skills and experiences to lead the party forward. While there are a number of very good candidates in the DNC chair race, Tom Perez offers the party what it so desperately needs – bold leadership and ideas, strong experience managing an organization at the state and federal level, and someone singularly focused on rebuilding the party across the country.  

He understands the realities faced by hard-working families all across America who are desperate for a better life. Our members saw firsthand his passion and commitment to improving the lives of union workers as he joined with us to push for safer working conditions at poultry plants, and as he fiercely advocated in favor of the Overtime Rule. As Labor Secretary, he not only pushed for progressive reforms, he helped manage a multi-billion dollar agency with thousands of employees.

In light of the challenges the party faces, Secretary Perez has the experience and vision for the changes the DNC must make, and is the right leader who can make these changes happen. We enthusiastically support his candidacy.”

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.  

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  

 

December 9, 2016

UFCW Statement on Andy Puzder

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about Andy Puzder being nominated to be Secretary of Labor.

“The Secretary of Labor’s top priority must be protecting America’s hard-working men and women, not increasing corporate profits. Andy Puzder has been critical of raising the minimum wage and advocated for replacing workers with automated technology. If he is confirmed, the American people will expect him to protect American jobs and most importantly, all workers who have earned and deserve better wages, better benefits, and a better life.”

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  

December 7, 2016

UFCW Statement on Amazon Go

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about Amazon Go.

“Amazon believes that America’s hard-working men and women are irrelevant to customers – they couldn’t be more wrong. The amazing people who work inside grocery stores are more than neighbors and friends, they provide an invaluable and vital service. 

“Those who work in our local grocery stores do a lot more than just ring people up at the register. They are professionals who advise customers about the right cut of meat, help them find the products they need, create expertly prepared meals and most importantly, can be trusted to ensure that everything bought in their stores is safe to consume.

 “Amazon is masking its blind greed as progress. This is not about improving customer experience: It is about destroying good jobs, with no regard to the families and communities impacted. This is not the America that hard-working families want and deserve.”

 

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

November 10, 2016

UFCW Statement on Election of Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in America, released the following statement about Donald Trump being elected President of the United States.

“As the newly elected President, Donald Trump has promised to be a president for all Americans. We can only hope this means we’ll be able to leave the divisive and damaging rhetoric of the campaign behind and begin working on real solutions to make life better for all working and middle class Americans. Make no mistake, the nation and the world will be watching.”

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW www.ufcw.org

November 2, 2016

UFCW Joins Efforts to Preserve Hard-Working Americans’ Basic Rights

Voting is an American right; all citizens should have equal access to the ballot box

Washington, D.C. – In response to the filing of North Carolina NAACP vs. North Carolina Board of Elections, the latest in a long line of lawsuits seeking to preserve access to voting for all Americans, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) released the following statement:

“Every American has the right to vote, and access to the ballot box is the foundation of our democracy. Efforts to deny that right disproportionately affect hard-working Americans who are too busy caring for their families and earning a living to fight cheap, vote-suppressing tactics.

We’re passionate about ensuring every voter has their voice heard in our election, no matter who they support. If you want to win an election – go out and persuade people to support you. Don’t try to use dirty tricks to prevent those who disagree with you from voting. That’s un-American.”

BACKGROUND:

The UFCW has stood up for the civil rights of all Americans throughout the union’s 125 year history, and is a frequent participant in civil rights litigation.

Most recently, the UFCW was a plaintiff in Valle del Sol vs. Arizona, in which we fought to preserve the rights of immigrants.

UFCW voter drives have registered thousands of Americans, and more than 1,000 people have applied for citizenship or other immigration statuses through UFCW’s innovative citizenship programs.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW www.ufcw.org

October 24, 2016

Local Labor and Community Leaders Stop Bob’s Tire Co. and BJ’s Temp Service from Intimidating Workers who Voted to Join Union Family

Washington, D.C. –Workers pushing for a first union contract at Bob’s Tire Co. and BJ’s Temp Service in New Bedford, Massachusetts, are set to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday after successfully stopping their employers from using government agencies to retaliate against them for voting to join a union.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, UFCW Local 328, and the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) supported the workers in resisting the companies’ attempt to intimidate workers through the threat of deportation.

“The hard-working men and women of Bob’s Tire Co. and BJ’s Temp Service voted to join our union family for a better life, and it is irresponsible and wrong for any company to use threats and intimidation, or attempt to manipulate our government agencies to try and stop them,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “By standing together with our community partners, we have shown our commitment to providing the better life these hard-working employees have rightfully earned. We look forward to negotiating a good contract for these workers, and expect Bob’s Tire Co. and BJ’s Temp Service to respect the values of our community and their customers.”

“At a time when companies are increasingly using temp agencies like BJ’s as a way to source exploitable workers, this victory matters for every worker in the United States,” said Saket Soni, Executive Director of the NGA. “ICE did the right thing and refused to let the companies use it as a weapon against organizing. That’s a victory for immigrant workers who stand up to expose abuse and improve their workplaces—and for the tens of millions of U.S.-born workers who labor alongside them. All workers deserve protection from threats of deportation when they come forward to report abuse.”

BACKGROUND

In September of 2015, workers who are jointly employed by Bob’s Tire and BJ’s Temp Service voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 328. Shortly after this happened, the employers began retaliating against the workers’ decision to unionize with intimidation, including threats of immigration enforcement.

On October 21, 2016, recognizing that workers at Bob’s Tire and BJ’s Temp Service were involved in a significant labor dispute, the government refused to be a weapon wielded against hard-working taxpayers trying to make a better life for themselves. The agency involved made clear its policy was to not interfere with labor disputes and they would not be used by the company to retaliate against their workers.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

The National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) is a national organization of low-wage and contingent workers across the United States. Founded ten years ago by workers in the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, NGA represents contingent workers across many industries, including construction, service, hospitality, food manufacturing, and logistics.

Learn more about the NGA at www.guestworkeralliance.org.

 

 

Trabajadores locales y líderes de la comunidad evitan que Bob’s Tire Co. y BJ’s Temp Service intimiden a los trabajadores que votaron para unirse a la familia de la Unión

Washington, D.C. –Los trabajadores que presionan para tener el primer contrato de la unión en Bob’s Tire Co. y BJ’s Temp Service en New Bedford, Massachusetts, van a volver a la mesa de negociaciones el martes tras haber logrado detener a sus empleadores para que utilizaran agencias gubernamentales para aplicar represalias en su contra por votar a favor de afiliarse a una unión.

La Unión Internacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos y del Comercio (UFCW), la Local 328 de la UFCW, y la National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) apoyaron a los trabajadores para detener el intento de las compañías de intimidar a los trabajadores por medio de la amenaza de la deportación.

“Los hombres y mujeres que trabajan arduamente en Bob’s Tire Co. y BJ’s Temp Service votaron para unirse a nuestra familia de la unión para tener una vida mejor, y es irresponsable e inadecuado que cualquier empresa utilice amenazas e intimidación, o intente manipular nuestras agencias gubernamentales, para tratar de detenerlos”, dijo Marc Perrone, Presidente Internacional de la UFCW. “Al permanecer juntos con nuestros colaboradores de la comunidad, hemos demostrado nuestro compromiso de ofrecer una mejor vida a estos empleados quienes trabajan de manera ardua y se la han ganado legítimamente. Esperamos negociar un buen contrato para estos trabajadores y esperamos que Bob’s Tire Co. y BJ’s Temp Service respeten los valores de nuestra comunidad y de sus clientes”.

“En un momento en que las empresas están utilizando cada vez más las agencias temporarias como BJ’s como una forma de contratar a trabajadores a quienes pueden explotar, esta victoria es importante para cada trabajador de los Estados Unidos”, dijo Saket Soni, Director Ejecutivo de la NGA. “ICE hizo lo correcto y se negó a permitir que las empresas lo utilizaran como un arma contra la organización. Es una victoria para los trabajadores inmigrantes que se levantan para exponer los abusos y mejorar sus lugares de trabajo, y para las decenas de millones de trabajadores nacidos en EE.UU. que están junto a ellos. Todos los trabajadores merecen protección frente a las amenazas de deportación cuando denuncian los abusos”.

CONTEXTO

En septiembre de 2015, los trabajadores que están contratados conjuntamente por Bob’s Tire y BJ’s Temp Service votaron abrumadoramente a favor de unirse a la Local 328 de la UFCW. Poco después de que esto sucedió, los empleadores comenzaron a tomar represalias contra la decisión de los trabajadores de afiliarse a la unión con intimidaciones, incluyendo amenazas de aplicación de las leyes de inmigración.

El 21 de octubre, reconociendo que los trabajadores de Bob’s Tire y BJ’s Temp Service estaban involucrados en un conflicto laboral significativo, el gobierno se negó a ser un arma utilizada contra los contribuyentes que trabajan duro para intentar tener una vida mejor para sí mismos. La agencia involucrada dejó claro que su política era no involucrarse en las disputas laborales y que no serían utilizados por la compañía para tomar represalias en contra de sus trabajadores.

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La UFCW es la unión más grande del sector privado en los Estados Unidos, y representa a 1.3 millones de profesionales y sus familias en tiendas de comestibles, empaquetado de carnes, procesamiento de alimentos, tiendas minoristas y otras industrias. Nuestros miembros ayudan a poner la comida sobre la mesa de nuestro país y atienden a clientes en todos los 50 estados, Canadá y Puerto Rico.

Obtenga más información acerca de la UFCW en  www.ufcw.org.

La National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) es una organización nacional de trabajadores contingentes que ganan salarios bajos en los Estados Unidos. Fundada hace diez años por trabajadores en la Costa del Golfo de EE.UU. después del Huracán Katrina, la NGA representa a trabajadores contingentes en muchas industrias, incluyendo la construcción, servicios, hospitalidad, fabricación de alimentos y logística.

Obtenga más información acerca de la NGA en www.guestworkeralliance.org.

September 30, 2016

MCAW Responds to Walmart’s Quarterly Bonus Announcement

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On Sept. 21, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) responded to Walmart’s announcement that it paid over $200 million in quarterly bonuses to over 900,000 of its hourly employees who work in stores that met the retail giant’s goals of cleanliness, faster checkout and better service. The average bonus per Walmart employee was around $200.

“Walmart is happy to boast when they decide to give workers a very small share of one of the world’s largest company’s earnings, but when it comes down to facts, Walmart continues to mislead,” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW.

“What Walmart doesn’t tell you is that in order to get this bonus, workers must complete a months-long training program that is often implemented with ‘buggy and outdated technology.’ In fact, in order to also receive the $10 an hour minimum wage that Walmart promotes, completion of this tedious program is required. We hear from Walmart workers every day that have been making less than $10 an hour for months. These workers will also be excluded from the quarterly bonus, and we believe they deserve better.”

September 27, 2016

UFCW Statement on First Presidential Debate

Washington, D.C. – Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, made the following statement regarding the first Presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
 
“Tonight’s debate showed what so many of our members already know: Secretary Clinton is the undisputed champion of fighting for the issues that truly matter to hard-working families. Frustrated Americans are facing serious challenges and deserve to see real plans for real change, not slogans or empty words. When it comes to building the better America our members care so passionately about, it is clear that Secretary Clinton has the right experience, knowledge, and vision to be the next President of the United States.”
 
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UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families ingrocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  
 
Learn more about the UFCW www.ufcw.org
September 15, 2016

UFCW, Plaintiff in Landmark Arizona Immigration Lawsuit, Lauds Settlement as Victory Against Racial Discrimination

Continued vigilance necessary to ensure Arizona provides respect and dignity to all

Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Secretary-Treasurer Esther López regarding the settlement in Valle del Sol vs. Whiting, the landmark case opposing S.B. 1070 in Arizona. The UFCW was a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

“This settlement reinforces the fact that law enforcement all across the United States must be blind to race or national origin. Hard-working people create great value and their rights and pursuit of a better life must be protected. While this legal battle may be over, our vigilance and our fight for equality and justice for all will never cease.”

BACKGROUND

  • This settlement, after six years of litigation, marks the end of the legal fight over S.B. 1070.
  • B. 1070 required Arizona police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained if there was “reasonable suspicion” that they were not in the U.S. legally.
  • The UFCW was the first national member organization to join the lawsuit against S.B. 1070.
  • As a result of this lawsuit, every criminal provision of S.B. 1070 has been gutted. Law enforcement in Arizona cannot detain or arrest someone based on suspected immigration status alone. Where individuals are lawfully stopped or detained, law enforcement cannot prolong a criminal investigation in order to determine immigration status.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW www.ufcw.org