UFCW Local 1459 News

FINAL OVERTIME RULE IS WELCOME NEWS TO RETAIL WORKERS

“Because of outdated overtime rules, a management position in the retail sector too often comes with the expectation that you’ll work longer hours with no opportunity to earn overtime,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “It is not uncommon to see managers who earn a modest salary at grocery stores and retail shops work 50 or 60 hours per week with no extra pay. By increasing the overtime threshold, we can begin to put an end to this unfair practice and see more hours given to people who really want them.”

Mission Foods Workers Choose UFCW Representation with Local 1776

On May 12, nearly 450 workers at the Mission Foods plant in Mountain Top, Pa., voted to join UFCW Local 1776. Mission Foods workers make a full line of Mexican food products, including tortillas, wraps and salsas used in restaurants and sold in supermarkets on several continents.

Union members and staff thanking customers for their support.
Union members and staff thanking customers for their support.

UFCW Local 1459 Members Thank Stop & Shop Customers for Support During Contract Fight

Today over a dozen Stop & Shop union members, union staff, and community members came out to the Hadley Stop & Shop as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members New England wide and the over 1500 members in Western Massachusetts.

Stop & Shop union members worked without a contract for over 2 months.  During this period, thousands of customers signed petitions in support of a fair contract, made countless calls to the company asking them to offer a fair deal to hard working union members, and made their opinions known in the stores in favor of a good contract.

With their support, our bargaining committee was able to negotiate collectively for:
• 480 New Full-Time Jobs
• Fair & Predictable Scheduling so that we can spend time with our families and provide for our families
• Fair Pay and a path to $15 for all full-time employees
• Affordable Healthcare for our families

Matt Szulborski, Organizing Director of UFCW Local 1459 said in gratitude to customers, "Working families coming together on the job and in the community helped win a better life for Stop & Shop union members.  Thank you for all your support and help.  I believe with a voice at work and communities coming together, all working people can gain a better life".

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