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.


We will be negotiating with the City for the first time since May 16th and our ratification vote on May 30th.

This is an open meeting for all Springfield Union Nurses to participate in the negotiating process.


DATE:  Monday, July 16th, 2018

TIME:  3:00 p.m.



Please make every effort to attend this meeting and have your voice be heard!



  • Junior person to fill the position of Office Clerk
  • Part-time, 5 hours per day, 25 hours a week
  • Monday- Friday, 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. or 12:00p.m. to 5:00pm


  • High school diploma or office administration certificate
  • Must be an active member of UFCW
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Office experience preferred; however, most training done on the job
  • Computer Skills: Word processing documents, spreadsheets, input data and many other projects
  • Communication Skills: Receive incoming calls or other information that needs to get to the right people. Work closely with many people in the office and must speak clearly and have good people skills.
  • Customer Service: Speak to people outside the company including vendors and non-union workers
  • Organizational Skills: May have many different jobs or tasks at once. Keeping them organized and neat is important.


  • $19,500 per year
  • Comprehensive benefits package

How To Apply

  • Please email your resume, cover letter and to or fax to (413) 732-5376
  • Only electronic applications will be excepted

2017 Annual Toy Drive

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Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy or monetary donation with you to the Steward’s Seminar to help us get started on this year’s SECOND ANNUAL TOY DRIVE. Our toy drive is to help those union families facing difficult times during the holiday season.

You can also drop off your donations at our office anytime up through December 12th.

Our office is located at

33 Eastland Street

Springfield, MA

OR call Dean Ethier at (781)603-7843 and he will be happy to pick up donations.

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UFCW and Stop & Shop Reach Tentative Agreements

On Saturday, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop reached tentative agreements for a new contract with their employer in New England. The tentative agreements will cover 35,000 members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 if members ratify. The local unions will hold ratification votes next week.


Today, hundreds of Stop & Shop workers, customers, community leaders, clergy and union members gathered to call on Stop & Shop, and its parent company Ahold, to provide a fair deal and a better life for its employees. New England Stop & Shop workers are currently working under an expired union contract while the profitable company insists on cuts to hard-earned benefits.

UFCW Stop & Shop Negotiating Team
UFCW Stop & Shop Negotiating Team

Stop & Shop Bargaining Update for Jan. 21 2016

Brothers and Sisters,
In an ongoing effort to keep you informed, we have some important news. The 5 New England Locals have just been notified by Stop & Shop Negotiators that the company will begin placing advertisements for temporary help, otherwise known as “scabs”.  While we all know this is a typical reaction during each bargaining session, we are surprised at the company’s timing.  It is our belief that taking this action is pre-mature, unnecessary and highly insulting.  We are attempting to bargain a new contract in good faith and have not demonstrated anything contrary to your employer.  We will respond accordingly with your assistance.  Please remain calm and place your faith in our unity.  This is merely a tactic the company is using.  Their intended outcome will not be achieved.  This action will only make us stronger.  Through solidarity we can show Stop & Shop that their decision to advertise is money wasted.
In Solidarity,
President Dan Clifford,
UFCW, Local 1459

Stop & Shop Bargaining Update for Tuesday, Jan. 12

Good Day Brothers and Sisters,

Today, the five Local Unions have completed two more days of negotiating sessions with your Employer.  The C.E.O. of Stop & Shop gave the negotiating committees a “state of affairs of the company” presentation, highlighting the successes and challenges they face operating in New England.  Items discussed included market share, overall cost of operations and the competition you deal with in your respective areas.  Your Employer then respectfully listened and responded to rank and file members from all five locals express many of their concerns in the stores on your behalf.  Proposals from both parties were exchanged.  At this time, only “operational” language is being discussed. 

We are scheduled to resume negotiations next week in anticipation of further working through contract language together in good faith.  We will update you next week.  Please continue your good work for Stop & Shop customers and stay informed by talking with your union representative and visiting our website.

In Solidarity,

President Dan Clifford

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