UFCW Local 1459 News

April 16th Membership Meeting CANCELLED

Please note that the April 16th membership meeting has been cancelled.  The April 15th meeting will be held as scheduled.

The next membership meetings will be on Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday July 9th.

UFCW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

This week, President Obama paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act during a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

2014 UFCW 1459 Steward's Seminar

Each year, our stewards gather for our Local 1459 "Steward's Seminar" to learn skills and ideas that will help them become effective stewards.  Last week, 140 Local 1459 stewards gathered at the Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA for the 2014 seminar.

2014 UFCW 1459 Steward's Seminar Underway

140 Local 1459 Stewards are currently gathered at the Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA for our annual education seminar for stewards. Each year, our stewards gather for our Local 1459 "Steward's Seminar" to learn skills and ideas that will help them become effective stewards. It's an all-day event chock full of speakers and educational sessions designed to give stewards an opportunity to:

  • Get a better understanding of contract language and the rights it provides
  • Learn strategies for effective contract enforcement and for dealing with coworkers who are having problems
  • Hear from local politicians and community leaders
  • Listen to representatives from the UFCW International talk about issues facing workers at the national level
  • Talk with our union representatives about workplace issues and get feedback on problems
  • Get advice from other stewards and union leadership
  • Receive recognition for their outstanding efforts and contributions to Local 1459 members

Walmart and the Food Stamp Economy

“Walmart takes in about 18 percent of U.S. food stamp dollars, a share that amounted to more than $13 billion last year.” However, with cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Walmart is seeing a huge portion of its customer base drop off, no longer able to afford to shop there. Instead, many are now relying on charities and food pantries.

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