UFCW Local 1459 News

Union Members Rally at Wisconsin Capitol to Stop Right To Work

Yesterday, approximately 2,000 union members, middle class workers, and community supporters thronged to the the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin, in a final push to stop the fast-tracking of Right to Work laws, which would make Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work (for less) state.

Mass. AFL-CIO Holds Annual State of the Union Conference

On Friday February 20 the Mass. AFL-CIO held its annual State of the Union Conference. The conference was held at the historic Omni Parker House in Boston and featured several panels and guest speakers. Mass. AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman kicked off the conference with a passionate speech about the challenges facing organized labor in Massachusetts and the need for unions and supporters of organized labor to work together and support the causes that effect all of us. Speakers included Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and Secretary of State William Galvin. Informative panel discussions included topics such as wage theft, the Fight for $15 campaign, Earned Sick Time Law implementation, and challenges facing individual sectors and industries in the coming year. The 2015 State of the Union Conference was a successful day of sharing information and working together to move the labor movement in Massachusetts forward in the new year.

Fairpoint Workers to Vote on Tentative Agreement

After a 17-week strike that began in October, unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have reached a tentative agreement with the company to go back to work. Following six weeks of federally mediated negotiations, the two sides agreed on a deal that members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) will vote on starting today. Member briefings will be held before the votes. If the deal is approved, workers will return to their jobs on Wednesday

Union Workers Call for Boycott of El Super

Union members, clergy and more than 100 community groups gathered for an Ash Wednesday rally in support of UFCW members who are fighting for a fair contract at El Super grocery stores in southern California. Six hundred UFCW members have been working without a contract since September, 2013. In response to the company’s steadfast refusal to provide their employees with a fair contract, union El Super workers have called for a consumer boycott of the grocery chain.

image via AFL-CIO
image via AFL-CIO

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month: Bayard Rustin–An Overlooked Champion of Civil and Labor Rights

One of the greatest moments of the Civil Rights era was the March on Washington in 1963–one of the largest non-violent protests to ever occur in America. The March on Washington brought thousands of people of all races together, in the name of equal rights for everyone–whether they were black or white, rich or poor, Muslim or Christian. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. made one of his most inspiring and famous speeches at the march, which culminated on the National mall.

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