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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.

Despite setbacks and high court’s ruling, unions show spark

Their membership has been declining for decades. They’ve been bedeviled by crippling new laws, and by a devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision just this week. From all appearances, it would seem that labor unions are an endangered species.

But here’s the surprise: Organized labor is showing new signs of life.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

UFCW Members Attend Poor People’s Campaign Rally in D.C.

Over 500 UFCW members representing 20 locals from across the country poured into Washington, D.C., for the Poor People’s Campaign “Global Day of Solidarity” rally on June 23 to demand economic and social justice for the nation’s poor. Over the past few weeks, UFCW members rallied at their state capitols as part of the campaign’s “40 Days of Moral Action.”

UFCW Statement on Janus Decision

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCMECouncil 31.

“This decision will lead to increased income inequality and needlessly make it more difficult for every hard-working union family to build a better life.

“Unions like ours offer a true path for people to earn higher pay and high-quality benefits that are affordable.

“While the Supreme Court has chosen to ignore the value unions offer and the good we do, we will never stop proving the incredible good that comes to hard-working men and women when they unite together.”

Study: Popularity of Joining Unions Surges

After holding steady for decades, the percentage of American workers in all jobs who would say yes to join a union jumped sharply this past year, by 50%, says a new, independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The evidence is clear: The popularity of the labor movement is surging as more people want to join unions than ever before. Every worker must have the freedom to negotiate in a union over pay, benefits and working conditions.

UFCW Statement on House Passing Partisan Farm Bill

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.

“This exact bill failed last month for good reason.

“It puts hundreds of thousands of good jobs at risk of being eliminated and makes it more difficult for hard-working people to feed their families.

“The House needs to take a cue from the Senate and immediately come together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill.”

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