UFCW Local 1459 News

PRESIDENT DAN CLIFFORD RETIRES!

On May 31, 2018 and after forty (40) years in the labor movement, President Dan Clifford officially retired!
 
His leadership and wisdom are immeasurable and cannot be easily replaced.  Like most labor leaders, Dan began his career as an organizer with the UFCW International Union.  In 1982, he was hired by Local 1459 where he soon became the union representative of our school bus division.  In 2003, Dan was appointed to Secretary-Treasurer of the Local and in 2010 appointed to President of Local 1459 with the retirement of Scott Macey.

TIME AND A HALF BEING PHASED OUT!

Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a bill into law that will phase out time and one half for Sundays and Holidays beginning as early as next year.
 
UFCW Locals 1459, 328, 791 and 1445 oppose the so-called “grand bargaining” designed to keep several progressive ballot questions off the November 2018 ballot including the “millionaire’s tax” that was ultimately defeated in the legislature.
 

SUPREME COURT VOTES AGAINST PUBLIC SECTOR UNION IN JANUS VS. AFSCME CASE!

On June 27th, 2018, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against public sector labor unions arguing the collection of fees from non-union members violate First Amendment rights, overturning the 1977 decision that previously allowed such fees commonly known as Agency Fees.
 
 

UFCW members are improving health care jobs

UFCW members in New Jersey, Washington, and Minnesota are celebrating several recent hard-won achievements that are making jobs for health care professionals better one workplace at a time. Having a union contract at work means they have a say in their benefits and working conditions, which not only is better everyone at work, but over time the joint efforts of UFCW members all across the country help raise the standards for everyone in their industries. Well done, UFCW Local 21, 152, and 1189 members!

After Janus, Electrical Workers Show the Power is in Our Hands

The Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision was despicable, spitting in the face of decades of common-sense precedent. There’s no question about that.
 
But Janus is not the end of our fight.
 
Through every punch thrown at working people in our history—every wage-slashing boss, every union-busting law, every strike-breaking massacre—we have rallied together, stronger for our shared struggle.
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