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UFCW Local 1459 Has a New President and a New Secretary-Treasurer

On May 30, 2018 after a forty year career in the labor movement President Dan P. Clifford officially retired, appointing Secretary-Treasurer Tyrone Housey as the new President of Local 1459. 

Tyrone has been a member of Local 1459 over 30 years when he began working at Stop & Shop Supermarket Company in 1988.  Tyrone’s career in the labor movement began in 1994 when he was appointed to shop steward and in 1996 was awarded Steward of the Year.  In 2005 he left the company and accepted a position as Organizer for Local 1459 and later on promoted to Union Representative and then Secretary-Treasurer in 2015.  Tyrone currently lives in Ludlow with his wife Dana and their 3 young children.

Dean Ethier started his career in the labor movement 25 years ago working  at the Milton Bradley Company and years later, hired as an Organizer for UFCW Local 1445 in Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2015 Dean sold his home and moved back to Western MA, landing a position as Union Representative with Local 1459.  Dean has 2 grown daughters and in lives Wilbraham with his wife Betsy.

With the new leadership of President Tyrone Housey and Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier, the duo forge to build a vision of success for the the labor movement and the livelihood of the members they now represent and protect.

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls on National Grid President Marcy Reed to Resign from Blue Cross Blue Shield MA Board

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman sent a recent letter to BCBS of Massachusetts President and CEO Andrew Dreyfus. In the letter he called Reed’s actions “unethical, immoral and cruel” and said they represent a conflict of interest that makes it impossible for BCBS to carry out its mission of ensuring members have access to quality and affordable healthcare. The letter also calls on BCBS “to do the right thing: uphold the organization’s role as a healthcare leader in Massachusetts and remove Ms. Reed from the board.”

UFCW Local 152 members gain significant wins in new contract

One of the perks of being a union member is being able to take a more active role in the benefits and working conditions you have on the job. UFCW Local 152 members recently demonstrated how that can translate to a better life for everyone involved when they successfully negotiated with their employer for a number of significant improvements.

Third Annual UFCW Local 1459 Toy Drive

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Help Make Labor Against Cancer Donation Drive a Success

The UFCW is continuing to build on the success of last year’s launch of the Labor Against Cancer initiative in the battle to end blood cancers.

The Union Difference Is Even More Pronounced for Families of Color

new report from the Center for American Progress shows that union membership helps increase wealth and prosperity for families of color. The research comes on top of recent polls showing that more and more people are embracing the powerful benefits of collective bargaining.

Secretary Treasurer Dean Ethier with PVCLC President Fiore Grassetti
Secretary Treasurer Dean Ethier with PVCLC President Fiore Grassetti

Sec-Treas. Dean Ethier wins Union Community Service Award at Pioneer Valley Labor Breakfast

On September 7th at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast, Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier, was awarded the Philip R. Duck Union Community Service Award in honor of his founding the Annual UFCW Local 1459 Toy Drive. Now in its third year, the Annual Toy Drive provides toys and monetary donations to union families facing difficult times and to help local area charities. The local is taking donations now until December 12th, and these can be dropped off at our office on 33 Eastland Street, Springfield, MA. Thank you Dean!

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