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UFCW meatpacking and food processing workers attended national chain and safety and health meetings in Omaha, Neb., last week.
UFCW meatpacking and food processing workers attended national chain and safety and health meetings in Omaha, Neb., last week.

UFCW Meatpacking and Food Processing Workers Attend National Chain and Safety and Health Meetings

Early last week, over 200 UFCW meatpacking and food processing workers from 35 locals attended national chain meetings and the UFCW Safety and Health Conference in Omaha, Neb. Local union leaders, stewards, and rank and file members gathered from various beef, pork, poultry, and food processing plants. At the meetings, members discussed industry trends, unity bargaining, contracts, organizing, and resolving problems in their plants.

Minimum Wage Momentum: Vermont Passes Highest Statewide Minimum Wage in Country

The momentum continues to grow, as Vermont becomes the seventh state to enact a minimum wage increase this year. Vermont takes the issue seriously and will raise their wage to the highest for any state by 2018, when the law is fully implemented. The state's current wage of $8.73 will be increased to $10.50 over the next four years. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) says he will be proud to sign it.

Luis Manzaneres served as a union election observer for his fellow Bestway workers.
Luis Manzaneres served as a union election observer for his fellow Bestway workers.

Bestway Workers Vote Union Yes

Last week, workers at a Bestway Supermarket in Mt. Vernon, Va., voted UFCW Yes, becoming the third Bestway store in the region to join UFCW Local 400. The workers’ activism began when the workers stood in solidarity this past October with coworkers at a Falls Church Bestway store who were illegally fired in retaliation for forming a union.

Venanzi Luna
Venanzi Luna

OUR Walmart Worker Reaches Out to Walmart BOD member About Push for Better Jobs

I have worked at Walmart for more than seven years. For more than three years, I have been involved with an important worker-led effort to change Walmart for the better. Last week, we had what I believe is an important breakthrough.  Allow me to explain.

The Top 10 ‘Consequences’ of Unions on College Campuses

Ever since the Northwestern football players’ fight to improve their playing conditions through union representation came across our radar, House Republicans seem downright fearful about the potential impact of unions on college campuses.

Well, we have news for them. Shockingly, college organizing is no new trend; it’s already happening all over the country. To help everyone understand the real “consequences” this poses, here are five examples of what can happen:

UFCW Members Join Other Unions for Leadership Workshops and Trainings at Kaiser Conference

Members from UFCW Locals 7, 27, 135, 324, 400, 555, 770, 1428, and 1996 attended the annual Union Delegate Conference for Kaiser Permanente workers in San Jose, Calif. The theme of the conference, which took place April 13-15, was “Walk, Talk, Lead Change.” There, UFCW members attended workshops on leadership roles in the workplace.

Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

A new report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference, by Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, concludes that labor organizations still have a need for women-centered programs and committees. Female union members and the labor unions themselves still gain significant benefits from maintaining internal organizations and programs for women. Gray and Figueroa collected data from both national and local unions, as well as alt labor groups.  They found that such programs, even in female-dominant unions or those headed by women, increase women's union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining and help address issues like sexual harassment and pay inequality.

UFCW Local 1500 ShopRite Workers Ratify New Contracts

UFCW Local 1500 members who work in over 15 ShopRite stores in the greater New York area ratified new three-year contracts. The new agreements provide for wage increases, premiums for part-timers and full-timers, improved working hours for night crews, and preserve pensions. The new agreements also recognize same-sex marriage. The contracts cover over 3,100 ShopRite workers.

This Fall, What Will Working People Vote For?

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted limits on campaign contributions from the wealthy, showed, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes in an Op-Ed column in today’s Washington Post, “The 1 percent is undertaking a serious effort to buy elections.” How will working people respond in this fall’s midterm elections?

UFCW Kroger Members Stand in Solidarity with Va. Kroger Workers for the Right to Have a Union Voice

Kroger workers from UFCW Locals 23 and 400 are wearing buttons in solidarity with their fellow Kroger workers who work in Virginia. The Virginia workers are in Kroger Marketplace stores that recently opened in Henrico and Virginia Beach.

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