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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.”

Amazon Changing Whole Foods for the Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), made the following statement regarding changes at Whole Foods in the year since they were acquired by Amazon.

“Slowly but surely, Amazon is making Whole Foods a much worse place to work and shop. 

“This is unsurprising. Amazon’s retail vision replaces good jobs and talented employees with automation. 

“Political leaders must realize now, before it’s too late, that the massive job loss this business model leads to could cripple our entire economy. 

“The dedicated men and women who work at Whole Foods have earned and deserve better than the treatment they are receiving from Amazon.”

Union Community Voter Registration Drive

Today politics is part of our mainstream discourse. But did you know that tens of thousands of union members in Massachusetts are not registered to vote?

We want our union members to make their voices heard and vote in their own best interests. Registering is as quick and easy as it has ever been!

Labor's Endorsed Candidates

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud to endorse 11 union members running for the State Legislature this Fall. Each of these endorsed candidates has a history of fighting for working people and we look forward to hitting the streets in support of their campaigns. Please make every effort to support each of labor’s endorsed candidates and do your part to bring labor’s voice to the state house! 

  • John Drinkwater (OPEIU), candidate for State Senate in the 1st Middlesex District
  • Mike Armano (IAFF), candidate for State Senate in the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District
  • Darrin Howell (SEIU), candidate for State Rep. in the 5th Suffolk District
  • Pete Capano (IUE/CWA), candidate for State Rep. in the 11th Essex District
  • Tram Nguyen (UAW), candidate for State Rep. in the 18th Essex District
  • John Mahoney (IUEC), candidate for State Rep. in the 1st Plymouth District
  • Tom Merolli (LIUNA), candidate for State Senate in the Worcester and Norfolk District
  • Christina Eckert (WGAE), candidate for State Rep. in the 2nd Essex District
  • Rep. Tackey Chan (SAG), running for re-election in the 2nd Norfolk District
  • Rep. Jim Hawkins (MTA), running for re-election in the 2nd Bristol District
  • Senator Paul Feeney (IBEW), running for re-election in the Bristol and Norfolk District

Does your workplaces have proper hot weather safety strategies in place?

With summer almost here and temperatures rising, many workers face additional heat-related risks. If you are one of these many hard working men and women, you deserve to know you’ll be safe when you go to work.

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