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UFCW Statement on Amazon Expanding Cashierless Stores

Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), released the following statement regarding news that Amazon Go stores, which replace cashiers with technology, would be opening in Chicago and San Francisco.

“This isn’t about technology or convenience, this is about Amazon’s and Jeff Bezos’ greed.

“Amazon’s unchecked expansion of this job-killing store concept should be of great concern to everyone who lives and works in America.

“It is time for elected leaders to stop being fooled by Amazon’s HQ2 search and see this company for what it really is – a monopoly that threatens millions of American jobs and hard-working families.”

Have you thanked a third shift worker?

From stocking shelves to providing late-night medical care, when the rest of the world goes to sleep, many UFCW members’ work days are just getting started.

Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Drive Is May 12

For the 26th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting its "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Every year on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers, in addition to their regular workload, collect food from people in more than 10,000 cities across the country. Each year, it is the largest one-day food drive in the world.

Over 6,500 Pork Plant Workers Tell the USDA to Keep Line Speeds Safe

Over 6,500 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union family who work in pork plants submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in opposition to a proposed rule that would increase the line speeds where they work, threatening both them and the consumers they serve.

UFCW Statement on Federal Court Ruling DACA Elimination Unlawful

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), responded to a federal judge ruling that the Trump administration’s elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was unlawful and that new applications must be accepted if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot provide a legally sufficient explanation for termination within 90 days.

Another Organizing Victory in the South: IBEW at Atlanta Gas Light

Last week, working people scored another notable victory in the South, when 700 working people at Atlanta Gas Light voted to join the Electrical Workers (IBEW). Here is what organizers on the ground said about the victory.

UFCW Statement on Farm Bill

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Farm Bill being passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. This bill currently limits access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).

Photo by BRANDON POLLOCK, COURIER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo by BRANDON POLLOCK, COURIER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A packinghouse worker’s account of MLK and the 1968 sanitation strike

Anna Mae Weems, a member of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), one of the unions that would later merge to become the UFCW, shared her memories of working with Dr.Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) on the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike in the following article that appeared in The Courier. 

DEFEND THE FAIR SHARE AMENDMENT

Wealthy corporate executives and their lobbyists have filed a legal challenge to keep Fair Share Amendment off the ballot. They don’t want to pay a little more to make investments in our transportation and public education systems. If they win the lawsuit, they will take away your right to vote on the Fair Share Amendment in 2018. Add your voice in defense of the Fair Share Amendment

Southern Labor Leaders Unite Around a Common Strategy to Build Worker Power

“Collective action is alive and well here in the South,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler to more than 300 labor leaders gathered in New Orleans this week. Southern union leaders from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia joined together to unite around a common strategy to build worker power in their states.

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