Stop & Shop Bargaining Update for Wednesday, Jan. 6

Good day brothers and sisters,

We are pleased to report that on January 5, 2016 and January 6, 2016, the five New England Locals began bargaining with Stop & Shop on a new successor agreement.  Both sides exchanged proposals on non-economic issues that they are interested in addressing during this bargaining session. 

It is still very early in the process and neither side has committed to any changes to this point. 

Each Local has committed, along with the Company, in securing 15 additional dates between now and the expiration of this contract on February 27, 2016 in an attempt to settle this contract. 

If the past has been any indication, this is often a long and arduous process.  So we ask that you remain calm and follow the direction of your Local Leadership.  Please continue to check your local’s website as well as social media sites for updates on future negotiations. 

Remember, our unity is our strength, and our strength is our unity. 

In Solidarity,

President Dan Clifford

Raise Wages for Everyone, Not Just Some

"The defining challenge of our time is flat or falling wages for the vast majority of workers, which is a root cause of many of the problems facing the U.S. economy,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved today at its summer meeting at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Member Discounts

Looking for summer entertainment?  Check out these local discounts available to UFCW Local 1459 members.

Six Flags New England Season Passes (23% discount)
Regular Price:  $69.99
Local 1459 Price: $54.00

Six Flags Adult Day Pass* (40% discount)
Regular Price:  $59.99
Local 1459 Price: $36.00
*A season pass is only an extra $19.99 on the day of visit.

Water Country Adult Day Pass (26% discount)
Regular Price: $38.99
Local 1459 Price: $28.99

Water Country Virtual Consignment Tickets
Local 1459 Price: $27.99
purchase at http://shop.accesso.com/clients/accesso18/affiliate/index.php?m=12881 

Cinemark Cinemas  (30% discount)
Regular Price: $8.50 - $11.00
Local 1459 Price: $7.50

All discounts are available at the Local 1459 office and most tickets must be purchased there.

Workers, allies, and members of Local 1208 take a stand in front of the Mountaire plant in Lumber Bridge, NC on June 24, 2014.
Workers, allies, and members of Local 1208 take a stand in front of the Mountaire plant in Lumber Bridge, NC on June 24, 2014.

Workers in Mountaire Farms Plant Unite for a Voice

Workers at a Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Lumber Bridge, NC, are uniting together and organizing themselves into a union in order to ably negotiate fair wages, benefits, and better working conditions. With the help of activists from UFCW Local 1208, the group has shown substantial progress in garnering support from coworkers, with at least 700 workers (out of 2000 workers at the plant) expressing support for a union.

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.

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

Discount TIckets for Water Country

Local 1459 members can log into our own Water Country site to purchase tickets at prices not available to the general public. This online only benefit program offers not only exclusive savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets.

Workers at Gill-Montague School System Ratify First Contract

On March 25, the cafeteria workers at the Gill-Montague School System, represented by Local 1459 ratified their first contract as members of Local 1459.  The contract covers workers employed at four schools.   

In addition to wage gains, workers secured improvements in holidays, adding President's Day as a paid holiday.  Workers typically averaging under 20 hours/week will get their first paid personal day each year of the three years contract.

Local 1459 also represents the Custodial and Maintenance unit at the Gill-Montague School system.    That unit ratified a new three year contract last Fall.

Rising Up in Retail Facebook Page Launched for Retail Workers

Although the retail sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States and an important employer of minorities and women, many retail workers are struggling to survive in low-wage jobs with inconsistent hours and little to no benefits. To help retail workers connect with each other, a Rising Up in Retail Facebook page has been launched at http://on.fb.me/1mvS9o4 so that workers can engage in online discussions about the challenges and issues they face in their stores and share solutions.

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