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West Virginia: When We Fight Together, We Win Together

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation Tuesday giving all state employees a 5% pay raise, the direct result of a heroic teacher strike that lasted nearly two weeks and highlighted the plight of low pay and rising health care costs in the Mountain State.

International Women’s Day Began as “International Working Women’s Day”

The month of March marks Women’s History Month, and March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, a day with roots in the American labor movement and the struggles of working women.

Working people and community allies joined City Council President and union member Orlando Ramos in Springfield as they heard from local public service providers such as paraprofessionals, letter carriers, and social workers.
Working people and community allies joined City Council President and union member Orlando Ramos in Springfield as they heard from local public service providers such as paraprofessionals, letter carriers, and social workers.

Photos and Social Media Recap

We're celebrating the commitment of working people, elected officials, and community allies who stood up together on 2.26, Working Peoples' Day of Action, by posting some of our favorite pictures, tweets, and videos from across the commonwealth! To see the full photo collection visit our Facebook Page - and connect with us while you're at it - at: https://www.facebook.com/MassAFLCIO/

Black History Month: how the push for fair treatment in a Texas poultry plant changed the health and safety standards of an industry

Union organizing efforts won significant benefits for meatpacking workers during the first half of the 20th century. In 1960, before a wave of automation and rapid restructuring would decimate jobs in the industry, meatpacking wages were 15 percent above the average wage for manufacturing workers in the United States. But one area where change was slow to come was in the poultry industry. Unlike other jobs in meatpacking, a much higher percentage of poultry workers were African American women in the anti-union South.

Why The Rich Love Destroying Unions

Unions are on their last legs, and right-wing billionaires are getting ready to deal the final blow. And if you like having weekends, less than a 60-hour workweek and a living wage, then this is a big deal.

UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship winners: where are they now?

The UFCW Charity Foundation is currently accepting applications for it’s 2018 scholarship, and we wanted to take the opportunity to report back on where a few of our past year’s winners are and all the exciting things they have going on in their lives. Last August, we spoke with Jennifer Archuleta, scholarship winner from 2010.

Vatican Receives Letter Urging Support for Nabisco Workers

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' (BCTGM’s) campaign against the outsourcing of North American Nabisco jobs has generated widespread support. From U.S. congressional leaders, university students, union trade and justice activists to American veterans and consumers, the message carried by Nabisco workers across the nation has resonated loud and clear: Stop the global exploitation of workers that is devastating families and communities.

Welcome to the family, Severance Food workers!

Congratulations and welcome to some of our newest UFCW members,  the hardworking men and women at Severance Foods, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut. The roughly 50 workers at Severance Foods manufacture a large variety of tortilla chips that are distributed worldwide.

Become a Labor Delegate to the 2018 Democratic State Committee Convention

The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be holding its State Convention on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd at the DCU Center in Worcester. It is important to have a strong labor presence at this Convention that will nominate Democratic candidates for statewide office.

Black History Month: Remembering Russell R. Lasley and the UPWA

This Black History month, we celebrate the life and legacy of United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) Vice-President Russell R. Lasley (1914-1989). Lasley was an officer in UPWA Local 46 in Waterloo, Iowa. He got his start working at The Rath Packing Co. and rose to become one of the central figures in the American civil rights movement.  Lasley was a vice president of the international union for more than 20 years, remaining after the UPWA merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen where he became director of the merged union’s civil rights department.

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